On Monday 28 May, the students of the first cohort of the International Watchkeeping Officer course, created in Le Havre in 2015, were honoured by the French Maritime Academy (ENSM) during their graduation ceremony.
When creating this monovalent deck programme, aiming at working onboard foreign-flagged ships in the cruise, yachting and Offshore sectors, the ENSM took on the challenge of training within three years officers fluent in English. On the other hand, the Academy consolidated the programme with a double diploma: OQPI is also Captain 3000
Out of the twenty freshmen recruited 3 years ago, 13 are ending this course this year, without repeating any year. They will be signing on in the next few weeks with Costa Crociere, Aida Cruises or Ponant, in Africa with Offshore companies and on foreign-flagged ships commissioned by the biggest French shipowners
The President of ENSM’s Board of Directors, the Presidents from the French Maritime Cluster and the French Federation of Maritime Pilots, maritime associations, lecturers and the students’ relatives, shared a moment of pride with these new merchant navy officers.
While reminding that the future for the OCQPI course is promising, thanks to the development of relationships with international actors of the shipping and yachting sectors, Patrice Laporte, ENSM’s Managing Director, declared : « you are the pioneers of our international development and you are also, now, ambassadors for the Academy. From your success, vocations will arise”
Representative of the Le Havre council, of the CODAH and of the Normandy region, Jean-Baptiste Gastinne reminded the support from the communities to the Academy, and also said that the opening of the Academy at an international level and its involvement in the Le Havre campus was something to feel satisfied with.
In 2017, 52 candidates applied to the course. There are 108 of them in 2018, a fact that all the participants to the graduation ceremony have welcomed.