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RFA IMarEST launch New Maritime Professional Development Programme

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President Martin Murphy and Cdre Rob Dorey

President Martin Murphy and Cdre Rob Dorey

A brand new maritime Professional Development Programme was launched today by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) together with the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) during London International Shipping Week 2015.

The programme supports the professional development of engineering, deck and logistic supply professionals and sees the RFA’s IMarEST-accredited internal Career Level Framework matched to levels of competence, grades of IMarEST membership and professional qualifications (such as becoming Chartered).

Both seagoing and shore-based staff have been put on a path to obtaining additional professional qualifications (allowing them to work towards becoming a Chartered Marine Engineer or Chartered Marine Technologist). They also have access to the IMarEST’s resources including a powerful online virtual library, monthly membership magazine, access to technical events and a growing branch network and meetings.

Professional Development Programme

Professional Development Programme

RFA Commodore Rob Dorey commented: “This joint venture with the IMarEST provides a strong, externally assured, framework within which RFA Officers and Ratings, from all specialisations, can effectively manage their continued professional development. It also provides our people with the assurance of knowing that their competence has been externally verified by a leading professional institution and that their commitment to continued professional development has been firmly established, as well as ensuring that they are continually exposed to new developments within their chosen profession.

The civilian-manned RFA delivers worldwide logistical and operational support for the wide range of tasks the Royal Navy undertakes, including warfighting, counter-piracy, humanitarian and disaster relief, and counter-narcotics operations.

Kevin Slade, Chairman of the Merchant Navy Training Board, added; “It is excellent to see such a forward thinking initiative. Providing a structured route to chartered status provides an ideal means to enhance seafaring certification and enable further professional development.  This can only be good for the safety and efficiency of our maritime professionals. It will also help to retain our talented crews, and shows the commitment of the company by enabling great career progression and recognition of their seafaring talent. It allows those who want to come ashore to use their experience and transferable qualifications (such as becoming Chartered) in senior positions within an organisation.”

David Henderson, Membership Registrar for the IMarEST said: “A programme like this is really important as it also highlights that formal academic qualifications are not requisite to becoming Chartered – you can use your experience.”

Held at HMS President, the launch was attended by a number of key industry representatives including those from the UK Chamber of Shipping, Merchant Navy Training Board, Maritime Skills Alliance, Department for Transport, BP, Shell and Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

For further information on how the IMarEST can support professional development in your organisation, please contact david.henderson@imarest.org.


The IMarEST is an international membership body and learned society for all marine professionals. It is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, marine scientists and marine technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body. It is the largest marine organisation of its kind with a worldwide membership of over 17, 000 based in over 128 countries.

Working with the global marine community, the IMarEST promotes the scientific development of marine engineering, science and technology, providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices and upholding the status, standards and expertise of marine professionals worldwide.

The IMarEST works with a growing number of corporate partners offering different levels of support to maritime organisations.  IMarEST ‘Marine Membership’ is open to all companies and organisations, providing access to membership benefits, knowledge-sharing, online promotion and exclusive discounts. The ‘Marine Partner’ initiative is for organisations that work strategically with the IMarEST to create and deliver a bespoke annual programme of activity and premium promotion.

The IMarEST is a respected authority in every maritime country. It is a Non-Governmental Organisation with consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), observer status at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), and it has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), which facilitates its access to other international  intergovernmental meetings where its specialized marine expertise is of particular use, e.g., the United Nations meetings on Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the work of the International Seabed Authority on marine mining. It is a nominated and licensed body of the Engineering Council (UK), a member of the Science Council and has significant links with many other maritime organisations worldwide.

The IMarEST runs a series of industry leading and technically excellent events and conferences as well as publishing the internationally recognised publication, The Marine Professional.

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