Three young Seychellois receive certificate after completing training in maritime safety |18 October 2022
Three young Seychellois have received their certificate after completing training in different aspects of maritime safety and security.
The three young men were presented with their Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Restricted Operator’s Certificate (ROC) on Friday October 14 by the Minister for Fisheries and the Blue Economy, Jean-François Ferrari and the head of studies of the Seychelles Maritime Academy, Michael Barbe.
The small ceremony was held at the Ministry of Fisheries and the Blue Economy at Maison Collet.
The department of the Blue Economy funded the training for the three young men who were part of the group of young people who were assisted by the department last year to complete their Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping (STCW) Certificate at the Seychelles Maritime Academy.
Raaj Magloire, Aaron Malcouzane and Rian Baccus completed their studies in March this year at the Seychelles Maritime Academy after a few weeks of intense training and studying (48 hours in total).
The GMDSS ROC training course ensures delegates are competent in the use of Very High Frequency (VHF) radiotelephony procedures and equipment used commercially in the GMDSS.
The three individuals are now able to understand VHF radiotelephony procedures in the maritime mobile service, operate the equipment, understand operational procedures of the GDMSS and explain detailed practical operation of all sub-systems and equipment.
During the certificate presentation ceremony, Minister Ferrari congratulated them for their wonderful and impressionable achievement.
He also stated that the youth of Seychelles need to take advantage of the many opportunities that the Blue Economy has to offer.
Minister Ferrari noted that the department of the Blue Economy wishes to keep empowering the youth of Seychelles and is making it its mandate to re-skill them so that they can pursue careers in the field.
The three graduates wish to become seamen who have the pre-requisite for further training to the levels of skipper and who are equipped to contribute to the economic development of Seychelles.
Mr Barbe noted for his part that the young men have to stay strong in their chosen field and they should also have the right attitude to succeed in reaching their goals.