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Merchant Navy Officer Cadet Programme

The Merchant Navy Officer Cadet Programme trains deck (navigation) and engineer officers for the merchant navy. As a cadet you will spend part of your time studying at with us and part working at sea as a trainee on board ships. You will be employed by a shipping company which will pay you a training allowance (and pay all your fees and expenses) throughout your training.

The professional and academic qualifications that you gain as a cadet will enable you to work as a junior deck or engineer officer on ships anywhere in the world or progress to further study.

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When I was 12 years old I wrote a
school report about the Panama Canal.

As an Engineer Officer Cadet I got
to sail through it for real.

Here is a film I made of my incredible experience:

James Black

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