Twenty-five impatient young seamen are going to have the chance to obtain maritime skills and deploy their potential via Maersk Supply Service’s new programme for seafaring for Angolans, that is going to be launched this week.
In a 1st for the firm, the cadets are going to be trained in India. The initiative is not only going to benefit Maersk Supply Service, but also help build capacity in the Angolan offshore manufacture. Angola requires international companies that operate in the country to employ 70 % of their workforce locally over time. But in a country with no seafaring tradition, the international shipping company Maersk had a challenge in building up its own pool of certified, qualified workers. The initiative is going to add twenty-five new recruits to that pool.
The group is going to spearhead a new Maersk Supply Service programme with a main goal at building up a pool of local Maersk seamen in this oil-rich country and important growth market. The Maersk Supply Service company has previously implemented plan for hiring locals in other regions of the world, but an overseas training programme of this scope is a 1st for the firm. Very good business and the greater good The new initiative is not only a condition for doing business in Angola, though. It is also coming with a positive side-effect in that it helps to build up capacity of the offshore workforce in this energy-rich West African country.
Training Angolan people to become skilled seamen is not a 1st for Maersk. In 2010, towage company Svitzer, also part of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, began an innovative training programme for prospective Angolan seamen. From a pool of 500 applicants, 80 eager seamen have been chosen to spend 12 weeks in training on board the fully-rigged training vessel Danmark, cruising in the Atlantic. Prior to the on-board training the cadets expirienced 6 months of on-shore pre-sea training in Angola, cooperating English language training, safety and security awareness as well as the necessary survival procedure modules for managing tugs. 67 made it through the tricky training program and many subsequently crewed Maersk Supply Service ships to acquire experience. Those people are now working on ships by the Angola LNG gas plant in Soyo, which Svitzer has a 20 year contract with.