A GROUP of maritime cadets has celebrated their graduation in style.
There was a special ceremony for the deck officer cadets to mark the completion of a three-year merchant navy training and education programme for navigation at Southampton Solent University’s Warsash Maritime Academy.
The cadets came from the September 2012 Higher National Diploma cohort and a January 2013 Foundation Degree cohort.
The ceremony was part of an autumn passing out ceremonial dinner in Southampton.
John Bazley, head of academic and certification programmes for the academy, said he was delighted with the standard of the cadets’ work during their course.
Mr Bazley said the group had worked hard to achieve their results.
He said: ‘We are very proud of what our cadets have achieved during the last three years.
‘It takes a lot of hard work and determination to get here today.’
The newly-qualified officers can now embark on careers in worldwide shipping, working with some of the most prestigious employers in the shipping industry.
Mr Bazley said he wished the cadets all the best for the future.
He said the importance of shipping to the global economy was more important than ever before.
Mr Bazley said: ‘The importance of their training, skills and expertise, like those of their fellow professional mariners, will sustain the world’s shipping trades and support the global economy.
‘We wish them every success as they embark upon their professional careers.’
The ceremony was also attended by the cadets’ sponsors and representatives of the maritime industry’s top employers.
Companies represented at the event included Anglo Eastern, Carisbrooke Shipping, Carnival UK and Chiltern Maritime.
Also there was Clyde Marine Training, Maersk Crewing, NYK LNG Ship management and Princess Cruises.
Ship Safe Training Group, Trinity House, Viking Recruitment and Whilhelmson Line Car Carriers were also there.