Russian cadets took their first steps towards a fulfilling career at sea with Northern Marine when they were inducted into the Company's cadet programme in St Petersburg.
Northern Marine representatives visited 18 cadets at Admiral Makarov University of Maritime and Inland Shipping on 12th May to welcome them to the Company and further explain the training programme, sea time expectations and their potential future as officers.
Northern Marine is one of the largest investors in marine training, having inducted hundreds of cadets into its programme from countries including the UK, Sweden, Croatia, India, Philippines, China and Russia.
Thomas Campbell, Cadets and Trainees Manager said: "These cadets will be going to sea with us on a commercial vessel with multi-national crews for the first time over the next month.
"In the short term we offer sponsorship for the training and the required sea time, as well as training on board.
"In the longer term we are offering a lengthy career with great opportunties for them to develop personally and professionally.
"We also support advanced industry qualifications, such as Class 2 or Class 1 licenses, plus the additional training that would be required for these officers to sail as part of our vessels management team."
Northern Marine has been working in partnership with Makarov University since 2008 with over 80 qualified officers having joined the Company's fleet since.
The system embodies Northern Marine's philosophy to "grow our own" officers and offers long term benefits in maintaining a first class fleet crew.
Thomas added: "There are several advantages to promoting our own newly qualified cadets to the fleet, as opposed to hiring someone new, such as their familiarity with the company, our management system and our working practices.
Northern Marine representatives were joined at the University by Igor Itsikon, General Manager, Stena Marine Management (SMM) LLC.
Following the visit to the University, Dhan Swadi, Personnel Director; Mhairi Caldwell, Recruitment and Scheduling Manager; Alastair Fleming, General Manager Operations and Igor Itsikon, SMM General Manager travelled south to Gelendzhik on the Black Sea coast to conduct an Officers Seminar.
The seminar was well attended with 34 officers of various ranks and time in the Company.
A number of presentations were made on a variety of important issues with good engagement from all present.
A gala dinner was held in the evening where wives and partners attended.