Trio of champions return to Fleetwood to complete nautical training

Published on 08/08/2018 by pfi

A trio of champion cadets have become a triumvirate of masters after returning to Fleetwood Nautical Campus to complete their education.

The three former Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Officer Trainee of the Year winners were recently informed they had achieved their Masters (Class 1) Certificates of Competence, completing an amazing journey from cadet to full certification at the highest level, all at Fleetwood.

MCA Officer Trainee of the Year 2009 winner Tom Barkley, 2010 winner Karley Smith and 2013 winner Philip Cave all returned to Fleetwood in May to undertake the Masters Orals preparation programme and successfully passed in June.

Capt Neil Atkinson, Head of Fleetwood Nautical Campus, said:

“I’m absolutely delighted that Tom, Karley and Phil returned to Fleetwood Nautical Campus and successfully passed their Master Mariners qualification, having started their careers with us as cadets. As previous MCA Officer Trainees of the Year it goes to show that hard work really does pay off.

“The staff here at Fleetwood, some of who taught all three of them as cadets, are extremely proud of their achievements and we all look forward to seeing where their careers take them from this point.

“They are all shining examples and role models for current cadets and our wider industry.”

Tom completed his cadetship at Fleetwood in August 2008, having worked aboard Whittaker Tankers and was an active member of the RNLI crew in Filey.

Following his training, Tom continued working with Whittaker Tankers before joining Swire Pacific Offshore and then moving on to Sealion Shipping Limited, where he is currently serving as Chief Officer. Tom is totally committed to continuing his career at sea.  He said:

“I have no intention of working ashore anytime in the foreseeable future as I enjoy my way of life working away at sea.”

Karley completed her cadetship in August 2009 and was one of the first students to join the B&FC foundation degree in Nautical Science programme. As part of her MCA nomination, it was noted that her cohort “set the bar so high for others to follow it has yet to be matched.” The group achieved 100 per cent retention on their course and 100 per cent success in both Foundation Degree and Officer of the Watch Certificates of Competency.

After successfully completing her foundation degree, Karley achieved a first class BSc hons degree in Nautical Science from Liverpool John Moores University. She then returned to sea with Stena Line before moving into the offshore sector and developing Dynamic Positioning Operator (DPO) skills. Her subsequent experience in the sector has been extensive, having worked with Dive Support Vessels and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs).

During her leave periods, Karley has returned to Fleetwood to work with the Blended Learning Unit where she has been writing new materials and assisting students studying outside of the UK. For her next steps, she is looking to move into command, with an eye on a senior management post within the maritime sector

Philip completed his cadetship in August 2013, following a three-year programme where he proved to be an inspiration for his peers and lecturers alike. As referenced in his MCA nomination, “one of his first successes was to promote collaborative working within his own group; his quiet, reasoned, approach actively bonded the whole group, he resolved issues with an ease that was way beyond his years.”

Following his cadetship, Philip continued to work with Princess Cruises as third officer before achieving his Chief Mates Certificate of Competency in 2016 and being promoted to senior second officer.

During his leave periods, Philip has been an active member of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets (MSSC) working on their sail training ships initially as relief second officer, then onto chief officer and hopefully to relief master by the end of 2018.

Philip is committed to his career at sea and aspires to become master with Princess Cruises in the future.

Following his time at Fleetwood, Philip said:

“As Sir Alaine Gerbault once said, ‘I wanted freedom, open air and adventure, I found it on the sea’.”

“I have made friends for life and will continue to do so, while developing not just professionally but as a person for the rest of my sea-going career.”

Fleetwood Nautical Campus students have been named Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Officer Trainee of the Year in eight of the last 11 years.