Press Notice No: 171-13
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Posted 09:51 GMT
CROSBY MAN WINS TRAINEE OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARD 2013
A 21-year-old man from Crosby, Merseyside, has been awarded this year's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Trainee Officer of the Year award.
Philip Cave, from Fleetwood Nautical College, whose training company is Princess Cruises, has been recognised for his dedication and achievements throughout his training.
The maritime industry is of crucial importance to the UK. It brings £14 billion per year to the UK economy. An essential part of this is the vibrant maritime training programmes available to train new seafarers.
The award aims to encourage and recognise quality within the maritime industry. Nominations are made by nautical colleges alongside the trainee's sponsoring company. The winner is decided by a panel of judges, including representatives from the MCA and other industry figures.
"Ever since I was invited onto the bridge eight years ago whilst on a cruise, I have wanted to be a Deck Officer, and qualifying as a 3rd Officer makes me feel that I have achieved my goal. I would like to thank my lecturers for their tireless and continuous support and Princess Cruises for giving me a First Class Cadetship. I know I have a great future to look forward to as a fully qualified officer with the company."
Philip Naylor, Director of Maritime Safety and Standards at the MCA, said:
"In presenting this award to Philip Cave, the MCA is absolutely delighted to recognise the enthusiasm, commitment and positive attitude that he exhibited at all stages of his training. These are qualities that will help to shape the future leaders of our maritime industry in the UK and which will ensure that we can maintain the UK's position of global leadership in maritime business.
"I would also like to offer Philip my very best wishes for an enjoyable and fulfilling career at sea."
James Hallé, HR Manager at Princess Cruises, said:
"During the last three years, Phil has been an absolute pleasure to deal with. A model cadet, Phil always conducted himself in a professional manner and has attained high academic results through nothing other than hard work and determination.
"Phil has been favourably reported upon during each of his ship appointments and I believe this is down to his respectful and courteous manner. Phil has developed in to a competent Junior Officer who will go from strength to strength. We are all very proud of him and wish him every success in his on going career."
The award was presented at the Marine Society and Sea Cadets Ninth Annual Court in London yesterday by Shipping Minister, Stephen Hammond MP.
Photos of Philip Cave are available here: https://mcanet.mcga.gov.uk/press/Trainee-Officer-of-the-Year-2013
Posted By: Joanne Rawlings
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