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MARITIME: Demand For Mariners


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THE Simon’s Town-based South African Maritime Training Academy (SAMTRA) has been contracted by Stena to manage cadet training on their behalf.

Stena Marine Management is one of the latest maritime companies joining a number of international companies who are looking to South Africa as a source of cadet officers for the maritime industry. Although Africa is not traditionally considered a source of maritime crew, it is able to provide a viable source of cadet officers due to the low cost operating and training environment, SAMTRA says.

SAMTRA is a non-profit maritime training academy, currently involved in simulator based training for numerous sectors of the maritime industry as well as providing cadet administration and management services to a number of international companies who employ South African cadets.

SAMTRA’s cadet management services include arranging courses and training both in accordance with STCW requirements and international and national legislative requirements and the scheduling and clearing cadets for experiential training on board vessels, which involves the planning and appointment of cadets to and from the vessel, arrangement of all necessary pre-engagement procedures such as medical examinations, documentation and any official permits the cadets may require when joining the vessel.

SAMTRA says its high quality simulation training, which is included with the theoretical requirements of a tertiary institution, ensure that cadets receive the best possible training.

In SAMTRA’s ongoing efforts to deliver high quality courses to international standards, it recently upgraded the visual systems in its bridge simulators and the capabilities of its engine room simulation systems.

A donation by the AP Moller Foundation, one of the benefactors involved in the establishment of SAMTRA, made the acquisition of the hardware and software possible.

The upgrade to the visual system was made to all three of the full mission bridge simulators to enhance the realism of the bridge/ship simulation experience through high quality visual graphics.

The upgrade to the engine room includes a brand new simulation system that provides an interactive, visual and schematic learning experience. The new system allows comprehensive training from component based through to system/plant operations level. The system is designed to provide the flexibility to meet the training requirements at every level of a vessel’s officer and rating structure.

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