151 brand new officers pass out from Warsash Maritime Academy

Warsash Maritime Academy’s 151 newest officers celebrated their achievement at the Summer Passing Out Ceremony at Southampton Guildhall on Saturday 27 June 2015.

The event marked the completion of a three-year training and education programme for navigation and engineer officer cadets at the Academy, part of Southampton Solent University.

The newly qualified officers will be embarking on their chosen careers in worldwide shipping, working with some of the most prestigious employers in the cruise, cargo, container, oil and gas sectors.

The event also welcomed representatives from many shipping organisations, friends and family of the officer cadets and Warsash Maritime Academy staff.

The ceremony was filmed and streamed live via the Academy’s website so that officer cadets’ families could watch and enjoy the occasion live from around the world.

Andrew Hair, Director of the Academy said:  “The cadets have every reason to be proud, not only of what they have achieved during the last three years, but also of the importance of the work they have been trained to do.

“Their skills and expertise, and those of other professional mariners like them, will sustain the world’s shipping trades and support the global economy. I wish them every success as they embark upon their professional careers.”

The maritime industry’s top employers and sponsors attended the ceremony and included: All Leisure Group Holidays, Anglo Eastern (UK) Ltd, BP Shipping Ltd, Bibby Ship Management (W.Europe Ltd), BW Fleet Management AS, Carisbrooke Shipping plc, Carnival UK plc, Chiltern Maritime Ltd, Clyde Marine Training, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, GAC Manning Services, The Maersk Company Ltd, P&O Ferries Ltd, Princess Cruises, Rio Tinto, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Sealion Shipping Ltd, Shell International Shipping Services Ltd, Ship Safe Training Group Ltd, Trinity House and Viking Recruitment Ltd.

The officer cadets were each individually handed ceremonial completion certificates by Andrew Hair. In addition, special awards were presented to the deck and marine engineer officer cadets who had 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 by the Academy's lecturing staff.

The winners of these highly acclaimed awards were:

  • Deck Cadet of the Year 2015: Constantin Stoica, Carnival UK.
  • Marine Engineer Cadet of the Year 2015: David Barfoot, Clyde Marine Training for Wilhelmsen Ship Management.
  • The Matthew Flinders Navigation Cup: Marianne Clapton, Chiltern Maritime for Trinity House.
  • The Isambard Brunel Engineering Cup: Caroline Waldie, Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
  • The John Milner Prize for Navigation: Justin White, Maersk Crewing Ltd.
  • Commendation for Individual Achievement: Lauren Hookey, Clyde Marine Training for Red Funnel Group.

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About Southampton Solent University

Southampton Solent University offers more than 23,000 students over 200 qualifications ranging from HND to PhD, in subjects such as maritime education and training, fashion and design, media and television, music, health, sport and leisure, business, IT and technology. The University was awarded the 2013 Quality Assurance kitemark for quality and standards of teaching and learning. Solent was voted one of the most creative universities in the UK in a Which? University 2014 poll of students. Solent Business School has been awarded the Small Business Charter Award, which is supported by the Association of Business Schools and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and ‘gold approval’ by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

About Warsash Maritime Academy

Warsash Maritime Academy (WMA) - part of Southampton Solent University – has provided first-class education, training, consultancy and research to the international shipping, commercial yacht, offshore oil and gas, and renewables industries for almost 70 years. The Academy provides internationally recognised certification programmes for both deck and engineer officers from cadet level to Master (Captain) and Chief Engineer. It also offers short safety courses to develop skills such as fire fighting and sea survival, and continuous professional development modules for more experienced officers. The use of bridge, engine room and liquid cargo operations simulators are offered for higher level training, including their specialist ship handling training centre, of which it is one of only three major facilities of its kind in the world. 

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The cadets have every reason to be proud, not only of what they have achieved during the last three years, but also of the importance of the work they have been trained to do.
Andrew Hair, Director of Warsash Maritime Academy