Marine Engineering Students Complete Cadet Training

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration and Finance) Prof. Bernard Ikua Inspects a guard of honor during the pass-out parade. 

The second cohort of locally trained Marine Engineering students from the Marine Engineering and Maritime Operations Department have successfully completed a demanding 28-day training program. The program culminated in a vibrant pass-out parade ceremony held at the JKUAT pavilion on Wednesday, May 31, 2023.

A total of 34 cadets, comprising 27 males and 7 females, exhibited exceptional determination and professionalism throughout the training. The program adhered to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirements outlined in the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watch-keeping for Seafarers (STCW Code and Convention 1978, as amended in 2010).

The purpose of the training is to develop character and leadership skills and instill a sense of duty and responsibility in the cadets to ensure they are able to operate proficiently of and on the water as seafarers.

Speaking during the ceremony, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Ngumi, lauded the Marine Engineering and Maritime Operations department for equipping Marine engineers with the necessary skills ensuring their ability to adapt to the living and working conditions aboard ships.

“This training aligns perfectly with the University’s mission of producing highly trained human resources for the long-term exploration of the vast Blue Economy, guided by Kenya Vision 2030, Africa & Agenda 2063, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”, Prof. Victoria Ngumi said in her speech read on her behalf by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration and Finance), Prof. Bernard Ikua.

The Marine Cadets march during the pass-out parade

With the cadet training being conducted in compliance with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirements, Prof Ngumi stated the University is committed in ensuring the cadets meet international standards set through the establishment of a physical fitness Training Centre on the JKUAT main campus which she noted is currently under construction.

She exuded confidence in the cadets’ preparedness both physically and mentally for their future professions at sea, urging them to share their learned skills and knowledge with their peers throughout the University and to utilize their expertise in service to society.

Dr. Jotham Munyalo, Chairman of the Department of Marine Engineering and Maritime Operations, emphasized that the training provided the cadets with critical skills such as fire prevention and firefighting, enabling them to work effectively onboard ships.

“This department has consistently produced qualified Marine Engineers who have demonstrated their ability to compete favorably on an international stage,” Dr. Munyalo said.

Dr. Munyalo further emphasized the importance of the blue economy as a crucial area that developing countries can tap into, noting that seafarers receive an average monthly wage of USD 3000, which can bring significant economic benefits to any country.

Linus Kiarie, the platoon leader, expressed gratitude to the Department for the training, acknowledging its role in preparing them for the challenges and responsibilities of their future careers in Marine Engineering.

“The training was rigorous, and it taught us how to take and execute orders, as well as how to stay fit and maintain one’s mental health,” Linus stated.

The ceremony was also addressed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Production and Extension), Prof Jackson Kwanza, Principal College of Engineering and Technology (COETEC), Dr. Eng Hiram M. Ndiritu, Dean School of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Materials Engineering (SOMMME), Dr. Onesmus Muvengei.

Marine Engineering Students Complete Cadet Training

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