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Northern Marine cadets of various nationalities took part in a week-long training voyage aboard the tall ship Stavros S Niarchos, sailing between England and the Netherlands.
Twenty nine cadets, of British, Irish, Polish and Croatian nationalities sailed from Ipswich to Scheveningen before returning through the English Channel to Portsmouth.
The trip was part of a Company induction for the new intake of cadets who begin their training programme in September.
Susan Given, Cadet Training officer, who accompanied the group on board, was pleased with their attitude and application.
She said: “It gives the new starters an initial insight into the career they have chosen and our existing cadets the opportunity to develop leadership skills.
“Although very different from the commercial vessels they will eventually be sailing on; they can develop fundamental skills ranging from basic seamanship to core interpersonal skills.
“The variety of tasks and duties the cadets were required to carry out on board emphasises the importance of every individual’s contribution as part of a crew.”
The voyage gave the new intake the opportunity to meet existing Northern Marine cadets and learn from their experience as well as identify some of the challenges they may face by choosing a career at sea.
The cadets were responsible for four hour navigational watch shifts on the bridge which included taking the helm, plotting the vessel’s position and acting as look out.
The ship’s permanent crew took workshops each day covering Rule of the Road, Buoyage and Sailing techniques.
Susan added:  “When we docked for the final time in Portsmouth there was a positive sense of achievement and unity throughout the whole group.”
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