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    IN THIS EDITION
    WINTER 2019 - 2020
  • Cover
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  • Editorial
    Mark Voorham, CEO SMT Shipping.
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  • Content
    A tribute to Jan Kita
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  • SMT News
    Three new Bulkers to Join SMT Fleet in Q1 2020
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  • SMT News 2
    Santa Claus sponsored by SMT in Gdansk & Nautical News online
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  • SMT News 3
    SMT Shipping adds six more Vectis types to the CSMT fleet & Crew Conference in Manila 2019
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  • SMT News 4
    More conferences around the world
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  • SMT News 5
    SMT Impacted by Venezuelan Sanctions & Mastering the Cape Verga Pearl I
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  • Think SAFE
    Staying healthy and germ-free
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    SMT Renews Cadet Program with University in Trinidad
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  • SpotLight 2
    In Their Own Words: The Cadet Experience
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  • Captain's Corner
    Increase your knowledge
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  • The Galley & Chess
    The matches between Karpov and Kasparov
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  • SMT Personal
    Events in the life of smt staff
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SMT Renews Cadet Program with University in Trinidad

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Since October 2019, SMT Shipping has welcomed a total of 8 engine and deck cadets from the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT)’s maritime education program – renewing a partnership with the University that began over 11 years ago.

SMT works with a great team at UTT, including Ms. Sarita Mahabir-Lee, Mrs. Vivian Rambarath-Parasram, and Captain Sukhjit Singh

SMT works with a great team at UTT, including Ms. Sarita Mahabir-Lee, Mrs. Vivian Rambarath-Parasram, and Captain Sukhjit Singh

The most recent class of cadets have sailed on both the handy size bulker fleet and MV Warsaw, which is engaged in a lightering operation in Trinidad. According to UTT Senior Instructor Sarita Mahabir-Lee, programs like this serve a vital need in the skill development and education of Trinidad’s future seafarers. “Companies like SMT play a vital role in the development and education of cadets, as it allows them to gain the sea service required to attain their professional qualifications. This period of sea service also allows the cadets to practice skills and develop competency in a variety of onboard tasks which are required of a professional Officer of the Watch”.

These include critical shipboard operations such as safety, maintenance, engine room or bridge watch keeping, navigation, and mooring. According to Ms. Mahabir-Lee, the training nurtures high standards of professionalism and character that will be vital throughout the students’ maritime careers.
The program is greatly enhanced by the close partnership that SMT has developed with Ms. Mahabir-Lee and the team at University of Trinidad and Tobago. Thanks in large part to the thorough training and comprehensive students receive at UTT, SMT has found its Trinidadian cadets to be personable, competent, and ready to work and learn.

Ms. Mahabir-Lee is equally pleased with the ways in which SMT enriches their overall program. As she explains, “SMT operates both locally and globally and as such provides a range of experiences to our cadets…The multicultural crews allow the cadets to build personal and professional skills which are transferrable through the shipping sector. Further, SMT is an attractive employer for our students because SMT invests in their training and development in order to retain them long term”. SMT looks forward to our continued cooperation to further the education of the next generation of Trinidadian mariners. Continue on next page.


MV Johanna C transporting wind turbine blades

MV Johanna C recently transported 36 wind turbine blades from Spain to Lake Charles, LA. The vessel loaded this specialty cargo on deck while carrying more traditional cargo of bagged cement securely in the holds.