Abu Dhabi Ports graduates first batch of VET trainees


ABU DHABI, 30th July, 2018 (WAM) — Abu Dhabi Ports announced today the graduation of the first batch of trainees on its Vocational Education Training, VET, in maritime operations.

The training course for ‘Master/Skipper up to 35 metres Near Coastal’ was held at Abu Dhabi Maritime Training Centre, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, in cooperation with Australian Maritime Academy, AMC, and was approved by the UAE Federal Transport Authority, FTA, and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, AMSA.

The 37-week course has seen the participation of nine students. The training encompassed six weeks of theoretical and practical training, two weeks of assessments and 26 weeks practical training on board vessels as well as two weeks of assessing task books and oral examinations. Successful students, who completed all requirements, are awarded an FTA/AMSA certificate for competency Master/Skipper of up to 35 Metres Vessels-Coastal Waters.

The ceremony also saw the graduation of a ‘VET Master/Skipper of 24 Metres Near Coastal’. The 32-week training course encompassed safety courses and other approved maritime courses. Successful students were awarded Abu Dhabi Port Course Completion Certificate, and an AMSA Certificate of Competency for Master up to 24 Metres Vessels – Coastal Waters.

The graduation ceremony was attended by Captain Mohamed Al Shamisi, the CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, Dr Nasser Mansoori, Senior Training Manager, and senior managers and staff from FTA, ADNOC, Abu Dhabi Ports, Unity Education and Training Institute, AMC Teaching Staff and AMSA Examiners.

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi congratulated all students. He said, “At Abu Dhabi Ports, we are proud to help build a knowledge-based economy and support the Emiratization goals set by our wise leadership. The first of its kind in the region offering high end and special courses, Abu Dhabi Ports Maritime Training Centre plays a pivotal role in boosting and promoting the capabilities and expertise of the UAE national wishing to pursue their career in the maritime sector.”

“I would like to thank and appreciate all the support given by our VET Course partners in accordance with high international standards. We are proud that we have worked together to prepare and develop new maritime leaders who can professionally command commercial vessels,” he added.

Abu Dhabi Ports Maritime Training Centre is a path-breaking initiative by Abu Dhabi Ports to help invigorate the future of the maritime industry by developing skilled cadres with world-class maritime education and training in the UAE and the region.

A pioneering undertaking that focuses on building homegrown and international talent for diverse functions in the maritime sector, the Training Centre is a Centre of Excellence. It offers turnkey education from beginner-level to advanced courses and training and helps build a talent pool of maritime professionals, who can pursue rewarding careers in the fast-growing marine industry.

Source: WAM/Nour Salman