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Friday 7 July 2017

Passing Out with pride

Congratulations to the 128 newly qualified marine engineer and navigation officers from January 2015 engine foundation degree, September 2014 deck foundation degree, September 2014 engine HND/HNC and September 2014 deck HND/HNC cohorts.

A recent Passing Out ceremony marked the completion of their three-year merchant navy training and education programme at Southampton Solent University’s Warsash Maritime Academy.


Family and friends, sponsors, representatives from shipping organisations, and staff from the University and the Academy joined the cadets for the celebrations at the O2 Guildhall, in Southampton.

The guest of honour Doug Barrow, Director of UK Ship Register and ex-Warsash officer cadet  congratulated the officers in a heart-felt speech and spoke of their Passing Out as a “major accomplishment, and a proud moment for families and friends.”


Speaking about the newly qualified officer’s achievements, Captain Syamantak Bhattacharya, Director of the Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering, said: “It takes a lot of hard work and determination to get to where they are today. We wish these newly qualified officers every success as they embark upon their professional careers in worldwide shipping.”

The maritime industry’s top employers, sponsors and professional bodies attended the ceremony, included Anglo Eastern (UK) Ltd, BP Shipping, Carisbrooke Shipping Plc, Carnival UK, Chiltern Maritime Ltd, Clyde Marine Training Ltd, Maersk Crewing Ltd, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Royal Institute of Navigation, Ship Safe Training Group Ltd, Technip, The Corporation of Trinity House, Viking Recruitment and V-Ships.


A total of 216 Warsash Maritime Academy officer cadets have passed out and completed their merchant navy training in the 2016/2017 academic year, ready to embark on their professional careers in worldwide shipping.


Awards are also presented to officer cadets for their outstanding performance and contribution to their training. The winners are:

Deck and engineer officer cadet of the year award -  presented to those individuals who have performed to the highest standard throughout their cadetship and whose overall attainment in theoretical and practical elements is assessed as being outstanding among their peers.

2017 winner Deck: Sam Farrow (Ship Safe Training Group for Boston Putford)
2017 winner Engineer: Gregory Hedges (Ship Safe Training Group for P&O Ferries Ltd)

The Matthew Flinders Navigation Cup - awarded to the deck cadet who has best promoted excellence in navigation.

2017 winner: Kuma Fidelis Tyumbu (Clyde Marine Training for BW Gas)

Royal Institute of Navigation's John Milner Prize for Navigation - an annual navigation award for foundation degree deck cadets sponsored by The Royal Institute of Navigation

2017 winner: William Hatch (Viking Recruitment for Holland America Line)

The Isambard Brunel Engineering Cup - awarded to the marine engineer cadet who has best contributed to promoting excellence in engineering practice.

2017 winner: Tom Baxter (Maersk Crewing Ltd)

Commendation for individual achievement – The Sword of Honour is awarded to an officer cadet who has demonstrated exceptional motivation, effort and determination to bring their cadetship to a successful conclusion.

2017 winner: Rebecca Collins (Ship Safe Training Group for P&O Ferries)