MUTTRAH, Oman-- Offshore support vessel contractor Topaz Marine has given sea-time training to 16 Omani cadets at the International Maritime College Oman (IMCO).
Topaz, a subsidiary of Renaissance Services, claims to have been the first company to assist IMCO by offering berths for the Omani cadets in June 2008.
This year the company plans to take in a larger number of Omani cadet trainees, after increasing the number of vessels it operates in waters around the Arabian Peninsula.
Normally cadets complete a three-four year course, with the first two years covering nautical studies or marine engineering. They would spend their third year at sea completing tasks set out in a Training Record Book.
Marine Engineering cadets must be at sea for a minimum of six months to obtain a diploma as Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch. Deck cadets must complete a minimum of 12 months at sea to secure a diploma as Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch – afterwards, they can choose further on the job training at sea or complete a further year to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Renaissance is providing berths for the cadets to complete their sea time training, and aims to provide a comprehensive program under which it would sponsor the cadets either through the final year or through their entire cadetship.