Bahrain sailors charting new course
Manama, October 22, 2010
Bahrainis, historically known for their seafaring capabilities, are breaking new ground by becoming fully qualified marine pilots. The latest recruits are about to take up the role after completing a training stint at a major global port operating company.
APM Terminals Bahrain operations department employees Maitham Mansoor Ahmed, 32 and Abdul Aziz Yaqoob Almahmeed, 35, are now on board United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) vessels MV Al Wajbah and MV Al Ihsaa for a year-long cadetship.
'As soon as they complete this stint, they will become fully-qualified pilots,' said APM Terminals Bahrain managing-director Steen Davidsen.
'They joined the company in 2006 and have been very enthusiastic workers ever since. It is good to see young Bahrainis doing such a challenging assignment,' Davidsen said.
'This is an example of opportunities that exist in this very challenging field,' he added.
He said he hoped more youngsters would be attracted to this after the fine example the two had set. 'We also greatly support the contribution of UASC who have offered this highly complex training,' said Davidsen.
'This also furthers the succession plans in Bahrain of the AP Moller-Maersk Group,' he noted.
Both APM Terminals and Svitzer Bahrain - the company that employs marine pilots and provides towage, salvage and other offshore support - are part of the AP Moller-Maersk Group.-TradeArabia News Service