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20 Local Seafarers To Join Vessel This Month

Twenty new local seafarers have been recruited to join five commercial vessels this month. The on-going recruitment was facilitated by Pacific seafarer recruitment agent, Alpha Pacific Navigation Pte Ltd. General Manager Saoloto Sosene said recruitment of local seafarers have gradually increased as there is a demand from commercial vessels.
09 Mar 2022 14:00
20 Local Seafarers To Join Vessel This Month
Local seafarers onboard a commercial vessel

Twenty new local seafarers have been recruited to join five commercial vessels this month.

The on-going recruitment was facilitated by Pacific seafarer recruitment agent, Alpha Pacific Navigation Pte Ltd.

General Manager Saoloto Sosene said recruitment of local seafarers have gradually increased as there is a demand from commercial vessels.

 

“Swire Shipping has been engaging Fijian seafarers since 2015 and has continued steadily increasing its interest in our seafarers and has also providing Cadet training slots since 2015.”

“In 2021 we have also been able to conclude a contract with another major ship owner, Seaspan Corp for the supply of seafarers for their vessel under charter to Maersk.”

“ So, we have been slowly increasing our crew numbers on these
vessels both officers and ratings,” Mr Sosene said.

 

The 20 new recruits include two officers, two cadets and 16 rating who are all currently in pre-joining quarantine facility.

They will join the vessel after quarantine. For the officers and cadets, they serve a maximum term of six months and for rating, they serve up to eight months.

Mr Sosene said some of the new recruits plans to join the respective vessels in Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia while the rest would join from Port Lautoka.

 

He said while on board, the recruited deck/engine officers will be in charge of watchkeeper duties.

“Cadets are onboard are to learn and ratings will do the actual physical work either on deck or in the engine room under the guidance of the officer of watch,” Mr Sosene said.

Mr Sosene calls for the establishment of a specialised rating training school to allow rating graduates to be properly trained before stepping on board any vessel.

 

“I would also hope to see classification society certification such as DNV, Lloyds, BV be made available locally to our tradesmen such as our welders or Fitter onboard vessels as these are now much required onboard international vessels.”

“Such qualification will enable our seafarers stay competitive,” he said.

If interested to be recruited for commercial vessels, local seafarers will need to obtain maritime training at the Fiji Maritime Academy.

 

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