Director urges life on ocean wave
About 300 cadets from Hong Kong Sea School paraded to mark the retirement of Director of Marine Ian Dale.
Mr Dale, who is vice-patron of the school, this month leaves his post as director after 26 years with the department.
He urged the cadets to pursue maritime careers, which he said offered many rewards.
'As a seafarer myself, I hope that many of you will choose a career that is connected to the sea and shipping,' Mr Dale said.
'A seafaring life can be very fulfilling and provide good rewards to those who work hard and study to attain senior positions,' he assured cadets.
Mr Dale said he supported efforts by the school's chairman and managers to raise the cadets' graduation age from 15 to 17 or 18.
Graduates currently have difficulty continuing their seafaring studies at such a young age.
The director's career in shipping has spanned 39 years - the last 26 with the Marine Department.
He said he had been honoured to be a part of Hong Kong's success as a port.
Mr Dale added that he would continue to monitor and support development of the school after his retirement.