Student maritime job shadow helps New York youths


Staten IslandIn late October, Kirby Inland Marine Corp. hosted three New York students at its facility in Staten Island, sponsored by Virginia’s House of Hope, a charity that supports opportunities for underprivileged young people in the New York area.

The three candidates were welcomed by Thomas Sullivan, President-Atlantic Region of Kirby Offshore Marine. Mr Sullivan expressed Kirby’s strong support for entry-level education and training programs in the maritime industry; he remarked that Kirby’s US Coast Guard-approved training program was proven and successful employment opportunity, that, for young people with a willingness to learn, and a capacity for hard work, was a first step up the career ladder, starting as deckhands and trainees and moving on to tankermen, Wheelhouse Apprentice Mates and, one day, towboat pilots.

The three candidates Sherman Nixon, Stanley Hopper and Kaliem Burrell, boarded the TAURUS, where they were shown how a tug operates in New York harbor. The candidates were briefed by Captain Hyo Hwang, [Mr Sullivan’s assistant] on the Kirby training program, and the firm’s system for instruction of crews and support staff.

Kirby Inland Marine operates the nation’s largest fleet of inland and coastal tank barges and towing vessels, and provides both formal classroom and hands-on instruction at entry and advanced levels. Virginia’s House of Hope, a charity conceived by the late Mrs Virginia Maitland Sachs, has established a Maritime Cooperative Program, for vocational career.  

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