JKUAT Trio Cruise to the 2023 GOBT Program

From Left: Daisy Opar, Lidah Kananu, Sandra Nyambura, and Elder Bang of South Korea’s JOOWAY Shipping Company

Three JKUAT Marine Engineering graduates of June 2023, Lydah Kinya Kinanu, Opar Daisy Victoria, and Sandra Nyambura Warui, embarked on a remarkable journey by participating in the 2023 Global On-board Training (GOBT) program.

The program, hosted by the Korea Institute of Maritime and Fisheries Technology (KIMFT) in Busan, South Korea, brought together 40 cadets from diverse backgrounds with the goal of fostering intercultural relations among future maritime professionals while imparting practical and theoretical skills.

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, expressed gratitude to the Korea Institute of Maritime and Fisheries Technology for providing the trio with the opportunity to participate in the program and commended them for successfully completing the training.

Prof. Ngumi expressed her hope that the program has enhanced their competencies in the maritime sector and instilled confidence to compete with their peers on a global scale.

Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi is presented with a plaque by the Korea Institute of Maritime and Fisheries Technology, recognizing JKUAT’s outstanding contributions to maritime training

“This achievement signifies the students’ readiness to face the challenges of the maritime industry worldwide, and I have no doubt that they are well-equipped to make a significant impact,” said Prof. Ngumi.

The Vice Chancellor made these remarks during a University Management Board meeting on October 5, 2023, when she was presented with a plaque by the Korea Institute of Maritime and Fisheries Technology, recognizing JKUAT’s outstanding contributions to maritime training.

Spanning three months, the program offered a comprehensive curriculum encompassing vital subjects like basic safety training, global maritime leadership, gender equality in maritime, ship handling, navigation techniques, marine pollution prevention, energy management, equipment maintenance, safety protocols, and emergency procedures. These topics sought to equip participants with knowledge and skills essential for the dynamic maritime industry.

The heart of their training unfolded aboard the T/S HANWOORI from May 24th to July 24th, where they gained hands-on experience operating and maintaining a ship. They received theoretical education on marine diesel engines, engine room systems, and auxiliary machinery operation. Practical exposure included engine preparation, berthing maneuvers, emergency drills, and maintenance routines. This immersive approach bridged the gap between classroom learning and real-world applications.

A section of the participants of the 2023 GOBT program in a photo taken after a debriefing session during the training

Beyond technical skills, the program emphasize cultural exchange and teamwork to develop cultural awareness and effective communication. Challenging situations tested their abilities to handle stress and emergencies, crucial for future maritime officers.

Safety was a central theme, instilling a proactive and safety-oriented mindset as well as practical engagement with industrial processes and visits to industry establishments, such as Hanhwa Shipyard, enriched their understanding of industry culture, challenges, and sought-after skills.

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