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    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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  • SpotLight
    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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  • Promotions
    35 promotions!
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  • SMT Personal
    Events in the life of smt staff
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  • SUMMER 2020
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  • SPRING 2020
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  • WINTER 2019 - 2020
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In Their Own Words: The Cadet Experience

The Nautical News asked the UTT cadets to describe their experiences onboard. Here are some of their responses

Kerlan LaCaille former cadet M/V Krakov

Kerlan LaCaille and  David Karasz of the Operations Department

Kerlan LaCaille and David Karasz of the Operations Department

SMT’s cadet program with UTT began over a decade ago, and many of these seafarers have gone to have successful maritime careers, as a former Trinidadian cadet, Kerlan LaCaille, explains:

On March 10th 2009 I joined my first ship as an engine cadet from the University of Trinidad and Tobago Centre for Maritime Studies on SMT’s bulk carrier, the MV Krakow.

On stepping into the engine room for the first time, I was almost in disbelief of the massive engine before me. Class simulations and videos cannot give you the actual feeling of being in a real engine room of which the main engine occupies about 3 deck levels.
After a few days in Trinidad, we departed the country and sailed to various countries such as the United States, Panama, China, Singapore, India, Vietnam and Indonesia. These are places I had not ever imagined going to in my life and had the opportunity to go for shore leave of which I will never forget.

I accumulated a total of 5 months onboard and practiced numerous engine room operations -- from welding and machining to overhauls and repairs. This had helped me complete my mandatory assignments under the careful watch of my Chief Engineer at that time, Mr. Miroskaw Wozniczko. It was not easy work but, I enjoyed getting the hands on experience that would make me a competent engineer officer one day.

Later on after 2 more years of study at the University, I successfully passed my written and oral exam. I obtained my certificate of competency as an engineer officer of the watch, unlimited motor ship by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency of the United Kingdom, through the University of Trinidad and Tobago. From then on I have consistently been serving at the capacity as 3rd engineer officer in Trinidad. At present I am going to pursue the academic qualifications to obtain my Chief Engineer’s certificate of competency.

It is great to see the continued relationship between the University of Trinidad and Tobago and SMT’s cadet training program. This will provide globally recognized officers for SMT’s fleet while giving officers from Trinidad and Tobago the opportunity to launch their seafaring career, as I did from inception of my cadetship onboard the M/V Krakow.

Shaquille Tull, Engine Cadet, M/V Warsaw

“My first few days on board the MV Warsaw have been exhilarating. I’ve been working along with the engineers and motormen to get acquainted with the auxiliary machinery, main engine operating procedures and daily checks. Their treasure trove of knowledge is nothing short of exciting. Every morning begins with a safety meeting, as safety is the number one priority for all crew members on board. As an engine cadet, I then complete my daily duties under supervision – and I am actively working on a number of operations and repairs. All the crew members have welcomed me and made me feel at home and I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn in this fruitful environment.

Antonio Munro, Engine Cadet, M/V Holland Pearl


"This is my first time working onboard a ship, so I was initially quite nervous and not sure what to expect from a life at sea. When I first embarked the vessel at Point Lisas, Trinidad, the 3rd Officer gave me a thorough familiarization of the safety and fire procedures of the vessel.

Moments after, I suited up into my safety gear and headed to the Engine Room to meet the Engine Room Crew. My emotions were a mix of excitement and nervousness as I didn’t know what to expect and what to do, yet I was eager to learn. After a week onboard, I have already worked with the 2nd Engineer to overhaul two main engine exhaust valves and worked with the 3rd Engineer on the cranes in the cargo hold. I have even performed tank soundings by myself, which has helped me learn the location of the machinery Engine Room.

I am now not nervous anymore and now only excited as I eagerly look forward to learn as much as I can onboard the Holland Pearl and to experience the life of a Marine Engineer."

Jacob Bonterre, Cadet M/V Holland Pearl

Jacob Bonterre steering on the bridge of the Holland Pearl.