InterManager is taking part in a new subsidy scheme which aims to boost the number of cadet berths on vessels – helping cadets to gain the vital sea-time they need in order to qualify as seafarers.
Announcing the initiative, Captain Kuba Szymanski, InterManager Secretary General and SRI Advisory Board Member said: “InterManager has long held the view that tomorrow’s Captains and Chief Engineers are today’s cadets. In order to complete their maritime training, every seafarer has to serve 12 months at sea. This is what differentiates regular shore-based studies from maritime – we need 12 months of sea time where our people ‘get their hands deep in grease’ before being able to achieve their final certification.”
Working with the Polish Seafarers Trade Union Organization OMK , InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management industry, is inviting ship operators to participate in a program launched by the Polish Government which guarantees 75% subsidies towards six-month contracts for 400 Polish cadets.
The cadet program is open to any shipmanagement company wishing to allocate sea berths to students studying at Polish maritime universities who have already spent six months at sea but require a further six months to complete their training and qualify as officers or engineers. The initial pilot program will be open to Polish cadets but InterManager hopes other seafaring countries will follow suit in the near future.
Capt Szymanski said: “Ship managers are only paid to manage ships and there is no budget for cadets unless it is specially negotiated with owners. Over the past 10 years we have seen this become an issue and it is now proving very difficult to negotiate as owners seem to be less and less interested in educating young people and instead expect ‘ready officers’. This program will give the vessel owners the incentive they need to take cadets onboard.
“We hope this project will be a success and encourage other countries to follow with similar schemes.”