MORE than 100 of the maritime industry’s newest recruits have graduated from their three-year training course.
Warsash Maritime Academy’s officers celebrated their achievement at the autumn passing-out ceremony at the Novotel Hotel in Southampton.
The special event marks the completion of a three-year merchant navy training and education programme for 103 navigation and engineering officer cadets at the academy.
Director of Warsash Maritime Academy, which is part of Southampton Solent University, Andrew Hair, 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.’
Some of the maritime industry’s top employers and sponsors also attended the ceremony.
The newly-qualified officers will be embarking on their careers in worldwide shipping, working with some of the most prestigious employers in the cruise, cargo, container, oil and gas sectors.