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Maritime Skills Academy (MSA) recently celebrated the launch of its specialist training facility. Incorporating training and conference facilities, the complex will enable MSA to extend the range and number of courses it offers, including a wide portfolio of MCA accredited Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) courses; together with refresher training, professional development, and business to business services.
Sir Alan Massey KCB CBE, chief executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, officially opened the complex, together with Guy Platten, CEO of the UK Chamber of Shipping and Dieter Jaenicke, chairman and founder of Maritime Skills Academy.
Commenting on the UK’s position as a global leader in maritime training, and thanking the Jaenicke family for their contribution to the training sector, Guy Platten commented, “The Jaenicke family has done so much for UK shipping and the maritime community, and I’m sure will continue to do so, for generations to come.
“All of you recognise that the UK needs to enhance its training capability, and that the private sector has a role to play. What you recognise is that training, by its very nature, has to evolve and meet the needs of the industry not only as it is today, but as it will be tomorrow.
“It’s just not about the physical building, the excellent trainers, and even the students themselves. It’s about what this complex represents. In this town, indeed, in this country, with such a long maritime tradition, you have literally built our future. Imagine the thousands of people that will come through here, who will leave this building and use the skills they have learned on every ocean, and every continent on earth. That is exciting. For them personally, for Viking, for all of us.”
Closing the speeches, Sir Alan Massey KCB CBE, spoke on the importance of the UK maritime training sector, and officially declared the academy open, “Thank you very much for the opportunity to be the person who formally opens this fantastic training facility, I’m very grateful and privileged for this opportunity.
“I’m here not only on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, but also for the work of the Government. Our Government, at the moment, takes very seriously the importance of the UK’s maritime sector as a whole. The sector contributes over 11 billion pounds a year to the UK’s economy, and over 120,000 directly employed jobs from maritime.
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