OSM helps out seafarer training in Mozambique

Shipmanager OSM Maritime Group has signed an MOU to relaunch the Mozambican Higher School of Nautical Sciences as part of its involvement in the UN Global Compact (UNGC) initiative.

As quality education is a UN Sustainable Development Goal prioritised by OSM, the Mozambican project is, according to CEO Geir Sekkesaeter, a perfect fit.

“There’s a demand for skilled seafarers in Mozambique, but a competence gap with regards to the local workforce,” Sekkesaeter stated in a release. “The developing coastal shipping network, fishing sector and the logistical needs of the offshore hydrocarbon industry have created real opportunity for Mozambicans, but they need the required competence.”

Through this MOU, OSM Africa will draw up a viability study for re-launching the school and transforming it into a centre of excellence for maritime training.

The company will now use the next four months conducting the feasibility study for the Maputo-based facility.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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