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  • MERCHANT MARINE, REBORN IN COLOMBIA

    October 25, 2010

    After 10 years, General Maritime Directorate and Naval School of Cadets "Almirante Padilla", and leans towards strengthening the national sea power, have resumed training for merchant navy cadets. This work reflects the need to include qualified personnel who serves on board of merchant vessels, foreign or domestic.

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MERCHANT MARINE, REBORN IN COLOMBIA

October 25, 2010

After 10 years, General Maritime Directorate and Naval School of Cadets "Almirante Padilla", and leans towards strengthening the national sea power, have resumed training for merchant navy cadets. This work reflects the need to include qualified personnel who serves on board of merchant vessels, foreign or domestic.

At present, the effects of globalization have permeated the dynamics of shipping, as well as activities related to the sea. Consequently, career opportunities related to this sector are increased because of the advantages: an example of this are the career opportunities related to maritime activities.

 

The diversification of maritime activities in the areas of trade, tourism, logistics and industrial, at competitive prices, demand for Colombia to train professionals, allowing shipping to continue the development of the country, its shipping and international trade, furthermore, to be strengthen maritime and port projects, which will allow the country to obtain an advanced position in the regional context.

 

All this vision of the sea and its foreign trade, demand for trained professionals to carry out such important work. That is why the General Maritime Directorate (Dimar) and the Navy through the Naval School of Cadets "Almirante Padilla", have revived the Undergraduate Merchant Officer Program, who will start from the first half of 2011in Cartagena.

 

This undergraduate allow future officers of the Merchant marine, height Colombian professional project management and operational positions, working in different public and private activities related to maritime transport, ports and related to foreign trade by sea.

 

It is a profession that now allows both men and women acquire the skills to access national and international labor market. Graduates and professionals in Nautical Sciences will have the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to perform functions, in the fields of deck and engineering, operational and management on ships of any kind, national or international fleet, shipping companies that manage those vessels and the maritime industry in general.

 

Therefore, Dimar calls Colombian youth, to link to this profession, providing professional opportunities for men and women. Applicants for merchant marine, may develop a different life project, whose scope goes beyond national borders, allowing to be part of the Colombian professional representation in front of the world, meaning that the sea offers a world of opportunities

 

 

Data to take into account:

 

 

- Colombia has 10,250 people working on board and ashore, devoted to the subject of the Merchant Marine, including officers, sailors and service personnel. Today it is needed, urgently, the income of men and women in this profession, both for Colombia and for the world.

 

- Globally, 70% of the crews of merchant ships, are more than 40 years of age

 

- For the South Americans turns out to be an attractive profession, being paid in euros and dollars, which will provide a good quality of life. Is ranked as one of the 5 best paid professions in the world.

 

- Maritime transport has been strengthened as a means and as a business and the Colombian company evidenced Navesco, which began its expansion and now has a fleet of 17 ships.

 

- The dynamics of the current shipping market, has led to international shipping companies who carry out their business in the region, become interested in the need to increase their frequency and quantity of commercial vessels operating in Colombia, as a strategic maritime location.

 

For its strategic geographic location, (Colombia, is equidistant from Panama, the Caribbean, United States, Europe, Far East and South America), has caused Colombia's maritime trade with the rest of the world has increased year after year representatively , generating an adaptation and improvements in shipping, infrastructure, ports, and especially in the demand for trained personnel in the sector.

 
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