Graduates celebrate at Maritime Week Gibaltar
Petrospot Academy successfully completes inaugural ships’ agents training courses in Gibraltar
Graduates of a new ships’ agents course that ran 17-21 June were presented with their certificates by the Hon Gilbert Licudi QC MP, Minister of the Port, at a ceremony in the Port of Gibraltar cruise terminal on 27 June during Maritime Week Gibraltar 2019.
Petrospot was approached by the Gibraltar Port Operators Association (GPOA) and HM Government of Gibraltar to run a course for young people looking to enter the maritime industry as ships’ agents.
Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes, MD of Petrospot, constructed the course content based on local industry requirements, secured classroom space at the University of Gibraltar, and set up a number of key site visits for the course of students. Nigel Draffin, Course Director, created the programme and taught the course on behalf of the Petrospot Academy.
A group of 16 candidates were selected for the inaugural course by an interview panel chaired by Mark Salmon (Chairman) and Tyrone Payas from the GPOA, and Paul Costa, Higher Executive Officer from the Ministry of Economic Development & Telecommunications.
Over five days, the syllabus covered a complete overview of shipping including the various duties of ships’ agents, alongside shipping and bunkering operations, and commercial practice. Students also took part in both classroom-based activities and technical site visits.
Course highlights included presentations by Paul Howard and David Pincho – Senior Port Officers from the Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) – on the daily interface between the GPA and the ships’ agents in Gibraltar; vessel tracking and vessel management systems; and the GPA’s work on the management of shipping coming into the port and passing through its waters.
Students also gained greater insight into ship agency with a site visit to GPA offices and control centre on Windmill Hill at the southern end of Gibraltar, where they enjoyed a tour of the facility to witness systems in action. Dock Master Richard Webber and previous Dock Master Horace Gafan also shared a wealth of experience with delegates as they visited Gibdock.
In addition, the course programme also included a site visit to the bottom of one of the dry docks looking at a vessel in for repair and a facility tour of local bunker supplier Gib Oil with Mark Smith, Depot & Distribution Manager, and Brijesh Jaswani, Marine Operations Coordinator, where students boarded a bunker barge and observed a road tank wagon being discharged.
Certificates for both examination pass grades and attendance were presented on 27 June and the successful completion of this course, with the positive feedback, indicates that Petrospot will repeat the course in Gibraltar in the near future.
Petrospot is very grateful to the Gibraltar Government and GPOA for their invitation to be involved in this new initiative and to the GPA, Gibdock and Gib Oil for so generously giving their time and support.