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Sailing through sea-time for NZMS cadets
Make no mistake -- sea-time is the make or break moment for
anyone contemplating a maritime career, and usually the real
test begins as a cadet at sea.
The most sought after cadet positions -- on cruise ships and in
the offshore industry may prove elusive, but not for more than
seventy percent of the students graduating from New Zealand
Maritime School (NZMS).
What's so special about our sea bound friends across the ditch?
"I believe we secure so many of these positions because we have
produced valuable employees for international companies over the
years, says Captain Buckens, lecturer at NZMS. "They are delighted
with the competence and quality of our students and the offers
One shipping company enamoured with the Kiwi breed puts it
down to an innate disposition to seamanship.
"I first started recruiting NZMS cadets in 2001 and I continue to
be impressed with the candidates," says Percy Hee, General
Manager for Swire Pacific Ship Management in Singapore. "There is
a certain quality about these guys which I simply categorize as...'In
the blood' since Kiwis are famed for their navigational and
"A career at sea is a long term commitment and the cadets from
NZMS bring a mature awareness of this and the will to see them
through to fulfilling their goals," Mr Hee says.
One such cadet and recent NZMS graduate, about to take up
a position as fourth officer with Holland America Lines
after completing sea-time as a cadet on board the 'Statendam' is
"NZMS arranged my cadet sea time on cruise ships making it
much easier for me to get to sea. And for someone young the social
aspect and the travelling is great," says Liam.
"I also completed some of my sea-time out of North-Western
Australia with offshore supply vessel company Farstad and this
experience was invaluable," he says. "I noticed that compared to
some of my peers aboard, my training at NZMS involved more
practical experience and more sea-time and I think that gives me a
General Manger of the New Zealand office for Swire Pacific
Offshore, Andy Neville highlights the importance of the role
of maritime training providers and is an advocate for the
"Training providers are servicing an industry that globally is
desperately short of people. They have an important role going
forward," says Mr Neville.
For anyone thinking about a maritime career, young Liam
advises, "In your first year you'll know if you want to do it or not.
You have to go to sea for a few months, so it helps to talk to
someone who has already done it."
"When you go to sea you should make the most of it: see it as
an adventure and an opportunity to see the world."
For further information contact:
New Zealand Maritime School (NZMS), New Zealand.
Having been trained extensively, New Zealand Maritime School graduates are
then placed in cadetships to acquire the all-valuable sea-time
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