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FIRST ANGOLAN

CADETS GO INTO

ACTIVE SERVICE

In the previous issue of Lighthouse Magazine we reported from the Angolan SVITZER trainees’ trip aboard the training vessel DANMARK. From Lisbon to the Azores and back again, the trainees earned their sea legs and completed a rigorous training course, that in the end, saw them certified as Able Seamen according to IMO STCW 95.

ACTIVE DUTY
Back in Soyo, Angola, the cadets, as they were then known, had a happy reunion with their families and friends and were then immediately assigned to various tasks: 

10 cadets have been working in the kitchen and bakery of the local hotel NEMPANZU to hone their cooking skills for the galley work.

25 cadets have joined SVITZER sister company Maersk Supply on a four-weeks on basis.

6 cadets have become the first Angolan SVITZER crew as the first four vessels for the Angolan operation arrived.

16 cadets have gone to East London, South Africa, to crew the four S80/33 ASD tugs there at the moment.

A DATE TO REMEMBER
On 1 September the cadets signed their contracts with SVITZER Angola Lda, and are now known as SVITZER’s Angolan Mariners – or Marinheiros as the locals say. This day was also the Contract Effective Day for the Angolan operation as SVITZER Angola Lda went on-hire with AngolaLNG marking the beginning of a cooperation that holds every promise of being a beneficial venture for the client, the country  and SVITZER.

For the 66 Marinheiros having earned their certificates and embarked on new careers and new challenges – the first of them has already advanced to STCW III/4.

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ANGOLAN MARINE HEROS PRIME TIME BOUND:

A Danish documentary film maker has followed the progress of the Angolan Mariners every step of the way. The resulting documentary will be made available to all SVITZER Colleagues with a future edition of LighthouseMagazine and is to be broadcasted on national Danish television in early 2012. Negotiations with African broadcasters are also underway.