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Posted: Monday 14 April, 2008 at 12:09 PM
    Local Sailors Receive Safety Training Certificates

    Sailors simulate water rescue
    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts
    - Twenty-one local seafarers recently received international certification in basic safety training in fire fighting and fire prevention, survival at sea, elementary first aid and personal safety and social responsibility.
    The local Department of Maritime Affairs collaborated with the MV Freewinds late last year to deliver the necessary training and all 21 of the sailors from the Federation passed the course.
    The local sailors completed their training in December but did not receive the actual certificates until last week.
    According to Director of Maritime Affairs in St. Kitts McClean Hobson, the training promotes competency in the maritime field which in turn leads to a safer marine environment for trade.
    He also divulged that the deadline for receiving the safety training certification was July 2002, but extenuating circumstances prevented some of the local seafarers from travelling abroad for training.

    “I extend heartfelt thanks to Captain Mike Napier and the crew of the MV Freewinds for assisting us here in St. Kitts. 

    They made it possible for those sailors who could travel to the UK, US or Jamaica to receive their training at home and I think we have forged a lifelong partnership that will prove beneficial to both sides,” Hobson said.
    He added that spirits were high during training and the sailors showed much enthusiasm throughout the course.
    Immediately following the training, the MV Freewinds left the Federation for dry dock in Curacao but will return to St. Kitts in June for the commencement of the second phase of the training.
    Sailors display their certificates
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