Methanol and ammonia producer Proman and The University of T&T (UTT) have launched the Deck Cadets Apprenticeship Training for students completing their diploma certification in Maritime Operations, Navigation Programme.
Through this initiative, UTT Deck Cadets enrolled in practical training for one year on-board the new Proman Stena Bulk fleet of methanol fuelled vessels. To date, four Deck Cadets have commenced assignments.
A statement from Proman said Deck Cadets Jared Odain Samaroo and Dylan Williams have been assigned to the Stena Pro Patria while assigned to the Stena Pro Marine are Deck Cadets Eric O’Neal and Justyn Kantap.
“Proman is committed to creating opportunities to develop young people’s skills and expand T&T’s marine industry expertise. The experiential learning delivered by the programme will position the Deck Cadets to acquire the skills needed to navigate the maritime sector into a more sustainable future for shipping,” Proman said.
It noted the launch of the apprenticeship programme comes at a time when Proman is getting ready to host in Trinidad the naming ceremony for the Stena Pro Patria, the first in Proman Stena Bulk’s fleet of six next generation low-emission methanol-powered vessels.
“Proman is extremely proud to be launching this exciting new Apprenticeship Programme with UTT.
Our Deck Cadets will have the unique experience of joining Proman’s first methanol powered state-of-the-art vessels, and over the coming months will have the opportunity to develop their professional expertise supporting the long-term growth of T&T’s local maritime industry,” Claus Cronberger, Managing Director of Proman Trinidad added.
He noted this is an important milestone for Proman combining its commitment to developing youth skills, while also supporting the maritime industry’s drive to accelerate the transition to a sustainable and cleaner shipping future.
Vivian Rambarath-Parasram, UTT’s Assistant Professor, Director and Head of the MTCC Caribbean, Centre for Maritime and Ocean Studies who was also pleased about the partnership said he looks forward to Proman playing a leading role in providing alternative marine fuels in the region thereby, facilitating implementation of the IMO’s strategy for reducing GHG emissions from ships.