US cadets to train on Hapag-Lloyd ships

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US merchant navy cadets can now undertake vital sea training onboard Hapag-Lloyd box ships under an innovative agreement signed between Washington and the shipping line.

The accord, signed by Maritime Administrator Sean Connaughton and John Murray CEO of Hapag-Lloyd USA, paves the way for the training programme to start from October.

“Cadets will receive excellent training from skilled maritime professionals on a variety of seagoing vessels,” said Sean Connaughton. “Hapag-Lloyd should be commended for their commitment to these American students.”

Cadets must carry out part of their training on working vessels if they are to qualify as licensed mariners. US maritime academies hope that training on the world’s largest liner shipping company will open new opportunities and experiences for their maritime students – especially at a time of global seafarer shortages.

Captain Eric York Wallischeck, Assistant Superintendent for Plans, Assessment and Public Affairs at the US Merchant Marine Academy, said the scheme with Hapag-Lloyd will “give our midshipmen a chance to sail on some of the more technologically-advanced vessels, and provide greater opportunities for training routines with our midshipmen.

“We expect them to acquire greater professional exposure to state of the art vessels and more of an international perspective on the shipping business than they might otherwise get just by sailing on American carriers,” he added.

Captain Wallischeck said he hoped to see more American mariners on some of the LNG ships serving the US, both for security reasons and for mariner experience.