SAR owners see fruits of their drive on training

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 August, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 August, 1999, 12:00am

The standard of cadet-training in mainland colleges and universities has improved tremendously over the past few years, especially their English-language capabilities and basic training, a shipowner says.

Kenneth Koo, chairman of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association's manning sub-committee, said Hong Kong shipowners would continue to individually support the training academies both technically and financially.

The move was expected to assist the mainland to increasingly produce seafarers and eventually become the source of well-qualified and highly trained officers for the association's members.

Mr Koo recently led a delegation to Ningbo and Zhoushan to evaluate the academies in a bid to further strengthen co-operation and dialogue between Hong Kong shipowners and the academies.

The association was encouraged by Minister of Communications Huang Zhendong to support the academies during a visit to Beijing in November 1997.

The association started initiatives to work with the mainland's major training academies by developing higher standards and co-operating with training associations in the region.

A mainland seafarers' working group has drawn up agreements for the recruitment of mainland cadets and seafarers by association members.

The manning sub-committee will create a network of training facilities to include academies in Jimei, Ningbo, Zhoushan, Shanghai, Dalian and Qingdao, to develop a minimum standard for cadets. Special emphasis will be placed on English language, work attitude, nautical skills and marine engineering.

The sub-committee is planning visits to the remaining networked schools.