Warsash Maritime Academy’s 151 newest officers recently celebrated their achievement at the summer passing out ceremony at Southampton Guildhall.
The event marked the completion of a three-year training and education programme for navigation and engineer officer cadets at the academy, which is 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 officer cadets were each individually handed ceremonial completion certificates by Mr 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 Deck Cadet of the Year was awarded to Constantin Stoica.
David Barfoot was named Marine Engineer Cadet of the Year.
Several of the maritime industry’s top employers and sponsors attended the special ceremony.