On October, 15, Kherson State Maritime Academy together with almost half of Kherson citizens celebrated cadets initiation ceremony. On this chilly autumn day more than 600 first year students took the oath.
The celebration took place at Dnipro riverside in the Slava park (Kherson city, Ukraine). Roads nearby were temporarily blocked to let cadets (as well as their relatives, friends and curious citizens) march to the destination point.
To congratulate students, local yachtsmen arranged a small yacht parade. During the ceremony students bow the knees, kissed Ukrainian flag and took the oath. To honour the memory of seafarers lost at sea cadets placed a wreath at sea and held a moment’s silence.
Crewing agencies representatives, as well as several foreign guests visited the event. There were: IMEC Chief Executive Officer Francesco Gargiulo, Marlow Navigation Chairman Hermann Eden, Columbia Shipmanagement Crewing Director Norman Schmiedl, etc.
This year Kherson State Maritime Academy celebrates 10 years of collaboration with Marlow Navigation. As the result, crewing agencies invested into Academy’s development about $28 million. Together they created unique training establishment that has no equal analogues in Europe.
During the celebration Academy and 16 maritime companies announced the founding of Palata IT-OPM (maritime IT-education and training board) — international voluntary association of Ukrainian and foreign crewing and shipping companies, educational establishments and social organizations. The main goals of Palata IT-OPM is to train competent maritime specialists and provide them with workplaces.
By tradition, during the celebration the Academy demonstrated new training facilities to the members of Palata IT-OPM and other guests. New full-scale virtual simulator of a real ship was presented. The Academy refitted part of the main University block and equipped it with computers and simulators to bring the study process as close to reality as possible.
In addition, the Academy is going to open the Mooring Station training laboratory that will include Rigging class, Accident Prevention class and practice ground. The Academy developed a special training course specifically for the new laboratory. It complies with STCW Convention requirements.
Kherson State Maritime Academy expressed gratitude to sponsors who took active part in the Academy’s development. Crewing agencies admit: during their collaboration, the Academy significantly improved both its training facilities and quality of education.