Through the unstinting efforts of the School of Ports Training Manager, Mr Vish Govender, a former cadet himself, MCS were very happy to be able to assist with cadet berths for some 32 TNPA deck and engineering cadets who were successfully assigned to various vessels in the offshore tug support fleet operated by RKOffshore, Singapore.
RKO, owned by Mr Robert Knutzen, the founder of MCS, fully supported the call from MCS to assist with training berths for the South African TNPA cadets.
To date, the majority of the 32 cadets for whom TNPA were seeking berths, have successfully completed five to six months sea service towards their sea time requirements.
This initiative with MCS, driven by Mr Vish Govender and the team at the School of Ports throughout our country, will contribute to the TNPA's capacity building programme, a programme which in itself is to be commended for growing the pool of merchant navy certificated officers.
The young male and female deck and engineering cadets who come from all over the country, took to the RKO offshore tug supply fleet like ducks to water and have proved they are made of the 'right stuff' to succeed and qualify as officers in due course. Well done to them and to TNPA.
Picture 1: The first group of cadets at induction at TNPA School of Ports, Durban. Pictured with Mr Vish Govender, Training Manager, TNPA School of Ports, Durban - (back left), Mr Desmond Louw and Ms Nomusa Moyo (front left) of TNPA, Durban. Deanna Collins (middle) and Ernest Magerman (Front Right) of MCS Cape Town.
Picture 2: Induction for cadets at TNPA Port Elizabeth with Manager Mr Brynn Adamson. Co-incidentally Brynn was once a cadet himself under the watchful eye of Deanna Collins!
Picture 3: Cadets attend induction at MCS Cape Town with TNPA Cape Town Fleet Manager Ms Noeraan Daniels, Ms Emily Tan of RKOffshore, Singapore, Miss Nomthi Gumede, Training Dept. MCS Cape Town and Deanna Collins