Trainee ratings are now gaining seagoing experience on Irish Sea ferry routes as part of Northern Marine Manning Services’ (NMMS) first Ratings Training Programme in the region.
A group of ten trainees, recruited from the routes’ port regions, are currently experiencing working life on board Stena Line vessels.
The two-year training programme demonstrates Northern Marine and Stena Line’s commitment to supporting the development of local trainee ratings.
Thomas Campbell, NMMS Fleet Training and Cadets Manager, emphasised the importance of the sea-going phase during the trainees’ development.
Thomas said: “Following a period of onshore classroom learning, the trainees are now working aboard ferries sailing on the Irish Sea routes.
“At this early stage in their development, the ten trainees have shown a good attitude, and are well on their way to fulfilling important roles on the vessels.
“These experiences will deepen their knowledge of their future role and a career at sea.”
The trainees’ supervised responsibilities include assisting in the maintenance of the ship, the loading, discharging and securing of cargo, as well as bridge support and mooring.
Predominately school leavers, the group will also experience voyages aboard ferries operating in international waters in order to broaden their experience further.