Further to Marlow’s response in support for people in Ukraine, the company moved quickly to assist cadets and their families in these dire circumstances, as well as sustain the training of crew in general.
“We have been doing everything we can to help our cadets and their families remain safe and have a way to continue their studies and training,” stated Training Director, Marlow Navigation, Joern Clodius.
Marlow has been working closely with Kherson State Maritime Academy (KSMA) to provide Ukrainian cadets with the opportunity to maintain their studies. Where possible, Kherson cadets continued online. In addition, many are being given the opportunity to pursue their education and training at KSMA’s partner maritime academies in neighbouring countries.
A cooperation agreement has already been setup between KSMA and Lithuanian Maritime Academy (LMA) in Klaipeda. LMA has agreed to recognise cadets’ previous studies at KSMA and incorporate them into their own programmes by issuing dual diplomas at the completion of their studies. Marlow is contributing substantially to cadets’ studying and living expenses during their time in Lithuania.
“Additional efforts are undertaken to have academies in neighbouring countries also join the cause. Collectively, we are supporting our cadets to continue their training and careers in commercial shipping,” added Training Manager, Marlow Navigation, Captain Martin Bankov.
There will be another course at LMA starting in September 2022 to accommodate those who were not able to join earlier. For these cadets, their seagoing practice will be extended to match the commencement date of the studies.
Meanwhile, Marlow’s training department at headquarters in Cyprus, Ukrainian office colleagues, and the faculty at KSMA remain in constant communication with cadets, to keep them informed about possibilities, and to help them with all necessary arrangements.