THREE years of training have come to an end for 61 new navigation officers.
The group celebrated the completion of their three-year education programme at Warsash Maritime Academy – the maritime arm of Southampton Solent University.
An evening was held at the Novotel Hotel in Southampton to mark the qualification of officers from September 2011 Deck HND and January 2012 foundation degree courses.
Representatives from shipping organisations joined staff, friends and family of the officer cadets to celebrate.
Andrew Hair, academy director, said: ‘The cadets who graduated as officers 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 trained to do.
‘It is their expertise and the expertise of professional mariners like them that enables the global economy to function, and safeguards our oceans and coastlines.’
Around 300 officer cadets are forecast to join in 2015.