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DP World London Gateway Launch Apprenticeship Scheme

Prospective Apprentices Tour: Photo credit DP World London Gateway

The hunt is on for six apprentices to undertake a 4-year programme combining study, training, & hands-on work experience in engineering. DP World London Gateway will pay an annual salary for six students to study at college and carry out work experience on-site over a four year period. This will culminate in the award of a Higher National Certificate in engineering. During the launch, Brandon Lewis MP, Minister for Thames Gateway, and local MP Stephen Metcalfe were shown London Gateway’s quay cranes, amongst the largest in the world, and had the chance to see what working at London Gateway would be like. A group of potential candidates from South Essex College were also given a site tour by the London Gateway team. Thames Gateway Minister Brandon Lewis said: "This fantastic new apprenticeship scheme will create a life changing opportunity for six young people, giving them the building blocks they need to have a highly skilled career in a world class company. Apprenticeships are at the heart of our drive for a stronger economy, and DP World's first class apprenticeship scheme shows what is achievable when Government and the private sector work together to equip future generations with the tools they need to thrive and compete in a global economy." The selected college provider for the apprentice scheme is South Essex College of Higher Education, with campuses in Thurrock, Basildon and Southend-on-Sea.

Austal Graduates Four-Year Apprentices

Austal USA honored 15 graduates of Austal’s cutting-edge four-year apprenticeship program.

Part of Austal’s growing talent pool – 3,000 and counting.   Austal USA honored 15 graduates of Austal’s cutting-edge four-year apprenticeship program yesterday at a ceremony held in the new Office Complex Multi-Use Room. This was recently the same backdrop for a ribbon-cutting ceremony which celebrated the official opening of three new buildings at Austal’s state-of-the-art shipbuilding operation in Mobile, Ala

Austal Gets Government Funds for Skills Training

A Letter of Intent has been signed between the Australian Government, Department of Defence and Austal regarding the Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry Program (SADI). Subject to confirmation of a formal agreement, Austal will conduct the following general activities in order to receive payments of up to $1.1 million over the 2005-06 financial year. · Recruitment Programs including: attraction activities, additional apprentices, dual apprentices and mature age apprenticeships.

News: Austal Apprenticeship Program Completes First Year

In June 2002, the fast expanding Austal USA yard, in Mobile, AL, introduced an apprenticeship program to its recruitment efforts. Since then, this program has introduced three classes to its shipbuilding curriculum, which is recognized by the U.S. Labor Board, and has successfully entered into its second year of operation. Shortly after Austal USA opened its new aluminum shipbuilding facility in February 2001, they joined forces with the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and Bishop State

Austal Graduates 21 Apprentices

Photo courtesy Austal USA

Austal USA honored the second set of graduates of our four-year apprenticeship program with a banquet in Mobile, Ala. The 21 graduates honored at this banquet received their certificates of completion and designation as Department of Labor Class A Journeymen. President and Chief Operating Officer, Joseph J. Rella, was the key speaker at the celebration. Rella stated, “The apprentice training program at Austal challenges the students both academically and practically

Shipyard Boss Abseils Down Drydock

Peter Child: Photo A&P Falmouth

UK shipyard, A&P managing director, Peter Child tested his nerves when he joined a dozen others to abseil down the largest dry dock on the UK’s south coast to raise money for charities. Mr Child and Adrian Richards, Chief Executive of BF Adventure in Penryn, were the first to test the ropes 50 feet above the huge dry dock at A&P Falmouth, which is 40m wide and 253m long – the size of two Wembley football pitches.

Australia Joins IMO Capacity-building Effort

Australia supports IMO’s technical co-operation programme aimed to assist developing countries The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), to support IMO’s Integrated Technical Co-operation Programme (ITCP) capacity-building activities through the provision of experts and hostship facilities for the delivery of ITCP activities, as well as the secondment of staff from AMSA.

UK Shipyard Invests in Cornwall Apprentices

The apprentices & trainers: Photo courtesy of A&P

5 new apprentices have started work at A&P Falmouth shipyard, underlining the company’s long-term commitment to Cornwall (in the extreme Southwest of England) and the future of the dockyard there. The apprentices beat off stiff competition from almost 70 applicants to be awarded the opportunity with A&P, one of the biggest commercial ship repair companies in the UK. They are electricians Dave Blizzard, aged 21, from Falmouth and Ben Casley, aged 23

Port Of Tyne Announces 5 YRS Of Record Growth

Port of Tyne

In 2013, the Port saw cargo volumes increase by 25% to 8.1m tonnes, and turnover rose 16% to £73 million compared to 2012. Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne Chief Executive Officer, said that 2013 had been another record year, and looking back over five years, the Port had achieved substantial growth not only in the performance of the business, but also in the investments made in Port infrastructure, and in the impact the Port has had on the regional economy.

HERCULES-2 Phoenix Rises from the Ashes

Technology abstract: File image

Wärtsilä Corporation advises that the HERCULES R&D programme to develop large engine technologies, which was initiated in 2004 as a joint vision by the two major European engine manufacturing groups, Wärtsilä and MAN Diesel & Turbo, is to continue with a new HERCULES-2 project, pending approval under the Horizon 2020 EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The HERCULES-2 project is aimed at developing a fuel-flexible marine engine that is optimally

Polarstern Embarks for Cape Town on Training Cruise

On Board Training (Photo A. C. Peralta Brichtova)

  On 29 October 2015 the research icebreaker Polarstern will leave its homeport in Bremerhaven for Cape Town, South Africa, where it is expected to arrive on 1 December. It will take 32 students hailing from 19 countries on board, who will be introduced to the latest methods and instruments

Maersk Lays-Up Triple-E

Pic: Maersk Line

 Maersk Line has laid-up one of its 18,000-teu Triple E containerships.  It cannot rule out that it will have to anchor another of its massive Triple E ships in connection with the Chinese New Year.   The Danish carrier will anchor Triple- E 18

New Damen Shoalbuster Named

Mr Sithembiso Mthethwa (Director, SMIT Amandla Marine), Mr Sam Montsi (Chairman, Damen Shipyards Cape Town), Mr Paul Maclons (Managing Director, SMIT Amandla Marine), Dr Rob Davies (Minister of Trade & Industry, South Afric

  The naming ceremony for the first of the two Damen Shoalbusters 3009 being built for marine solutions specialist SMIT Amandla Marine at Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT), was held on Thursday, 29 October 2015. Mrs Jenny Coltman, Spouse of the Chairman of De Beers Group Services

Singapore Recognises 53 Ships Under Green Ship Programme

Image by Government of Singapore.

 The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) today recognised another 53 Green Ships from 41 companies that have qualified for the Green Ship Programme (GSP) at the Third Singapore Registry of Ships Forum (SRS Forum).   The GSP encourages Singapore-flagged ships to reduce carbon

Dryad Maritime Risk Analysis, 'A Maritime Nation'

Dryad Maritime operations headquarters in Portsmouth

  Dryad Maritime have featured in a special programme ‘A Maritime Nation’ commissioned by the UK Chamber of Shipping, introduced by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky and produced by ITN Productions. The current affairs programme aired this week as part of London

Australian Leader Swap Weakens Japanese Sub Bid

The ouster of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has further weakened a Japanese bid for one of the world's most lucrative defence contracts, a A$50 billion ($36 billion) programme to build stealth submarines for Australia, sources say.

Flag Raised to Russian Icebreaker Innovation

Flag raising ceremony onboard the icebreaker Vladivostok

  A spectacular ceremony was held on the lead vessel of the icebreaker project 21900M in St. Petersburg on 23 September, forming part of the NEVA 2015 Programme. Guests and dignitaries came together to witness the official flag-raising ceremony on board the icebreaker 'Vladivostok' and to

India Takes Nigerian Oil Despite Shipping Concerns

India's HPCL awarded another tender to buy with Nigerian crude oil despite its concerns about shipping from the West African nation.   The refiner awarded a tender to buy November loading oil to Chevron, traders said, likely with Usan crude oil and either Agbami or Brass.  

MECNW Appoints New CEO


  Terry Weston has been confirmed as Chief Executive of Maritime and Engineering College North West (MECNW) following the retirement of his predecessor, Jim Teasdale, at the end of September.   Jim Teasdale was a founder director and chief executive of Birkenhead-based Maritime and

Cammell Laird to Build Polar Research Ship

Image: Cammell Laird

The U.K. Government announced Monday that Cammell Laird in Birkenhead has been selected as the preferred bidder to build the nation’s new £200 million polar research ship.   The decision follows a 12-month competitive tender process that involved bids from companies in the U.K

Groundwork Begins on Successor Subs in UK

Photo: BAE Systems

 Groundwork has started on the renovation of a central shipyard complex that be used for outfitting future Royal Navy Successor submarines, British Forces News said.   BAE Systems had announced last year a $459 million modernization of the entire shipyard in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

BSM Completes Global Management Program

Bibby Ship Management - IOM - Nicola Quayle

  Bibby Ship Management has successfully completed its second Global Management Programme which, it says, has helped to develop the management skills of all its management team across its global offices. According to Nicola Quayle, Head of Group HR, at Bibby Ship Management

MPA Launches New Training Facility

Unveiling of the plaque to mark the opening of the new MPA Academy premises. Photo by Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has launched a new training facility in its academy. The new training facility is in the PSA Building along with many other MPA’s divisions, making the facility more accessible to MPA officers.  

Norwegian Epic Leaves Damen Repairyard

Norwegian Epic ready to depart from Damen Shiprepair Brest

  On Saturday 17 October, the 329-metre, 156,000 tonne cruise ship Norwegian Epic departed Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSBr), for Southampton. She cast off a day early after completing a 3 week maintenance and refit programme ahead of schedule.

Asia Tankers-VLCC Rates Slump

Image: Dalian

 Freight rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) could face drop further next week on excess tonnage supply and lower cargo volumes, reports Reuters.   A Singapore based VLCC broker said that there’s no upside. Rates will either be flat or on the downside

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