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Career In Maritime Allows You To See The World, Seas Free: Taslim

Career In Maritime Allows You To See The World, Seas Free: Taslim
Mohammed Taslim.
August 29
10:00 2018


Maritime is an interesting career that even en­gineers, officers and crew members get to travel the world and seas free while others pay to see and visit those places.

Executive Officer Fiji Maritime Academy, Mohammed Taslim, 28, speaks with passion when it comes to maritime.

Originally from Tuvurara estate, Savusavu, this is no surprise as he grew in Savusavu, the Hidden Paradise.

“Seeing yachts and ships in my young days everyday fascinated me, that was how I built my career path to do something related to the seas,” Mr Taslim said.

Soon after completing secondary school he en­rolled into the Fiji Maritime Academy in 2013 which was then known as School of Maritime Studies.

“After years of studying, I managed to com­plete my Bachelor’s degree in Marine sci­ence and a post graduate diploma from the University of the South Pacific,” he said.

Soon after graduating from USP he was ap­pointed Executive Officer of Fiji Maritime Academy. He is a recipient of a Boat Masters License from the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MASF).

“Maritime industry is a specialised area which lacks qualified and specialised people due to the nature of work involved,” he said.

Fiji, he said was currently hiring expatriates to manage and oversee the maritime industry.

“I for one of banks on local expertise and one of the reasons I joined the maritime sector is to contribute towards the industry and keep our revenue within our country,” he said.

Talking about travelling the world, he is plan­ning to continue his one year three months scholarship at the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden for his Masters (MSc) in Maritime Affairs specialising in maritime edu­cation and training.

The scholarship is sponsored by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (AMSA.

Mr Taslim leaves early next month for his 15 months scholarship.

“I’m a proud Fijian; World Maritime University has recognised and accepted me to do my Masters there. This reflects the quality of education we have in Fiji.

“I would like to thank God and family sup­port, the current government and the Prime Minister under whose leadership I have been selected to study abroad (only Fijian to join World Maritime University in 2018 / 2019).

“Especially my father and my wife who contin­ue to inspire me to pursue all the time,” he said.

Mr Taslim’s future plan is to improve the cur­rent education and training level of seafarers in Fiji. This is to ensure that Fijian seafarers are always in the white list of International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

He also plans to do his PhD in Maritime Education and Maritime Law after completing his MSc.

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