Globetrotting Cadets - Postcards From Abroad

IMBU cadets posing while in in front of large building

You never know where you’ll find them but you can be pretty certain it will be far away. After all, these cadets are International Maritime Business students and they don’t just read about their future careers in books. They get on a plane or train or ship and investigate first hand!

This past winter, a dozen IMB sophomores trekked off to Singapore for a three week international experience curriculum that taught them first hand, the practical aspects of shipping business in a maritime hub. This group, organized and hosted by ABS, and led by Dr. Madhubani Ghosh, also visited Johor Baru, Malaysia, for more hands on lessons in port competitiveness and the methods and problems found in current maritime industry.

Around the same time, another fourteen IMB cadets traveled to South Africa support schools in STEM education initiatives by teaching math and science subjects under the supervision of Dr. Portia Ndlovu. This venture was in support of government initiatives to introduce learners to the maritime industry as well as direct them towards STEM the subjects necessary when seeking a career in the maritime sector.

The latest groups of world travelers just checked in – one from Southampton, England, and the second from Borre, Norway. The bakers dozen, the (13) in the English port has been busy observing bunkering operations of an AIDA mega-cruise ship. They learned about some of the “ins and outs” of the bunker business from the deck plates to the top line strategic perspective. The students received lectures in diverse topics such as gender issues in the maritime industry and the history and current trends of maritime business. The first day was capped off by a lecture on the future of energy and shipping by a master mariner from Warsash Maritime Academy. They also visited the port of Southampton, the historic docks of Portsmouth as well as several maritime businesses in London, including Clarksons Platou and Scorpio. The local host for this entire experience is Southampton Solent University. Other than missing home and Chartwell’s American style chow, they were all doing “jolly” well at last look.

The second group, 10 cadets, arrived in Borre, Norway a few days ago and at last contact, were busy exploring fjords and the capital, Oslo. The group visited the Norwegian Shipowners Association in Oslo as well as Wilhelmsen and Moss port complex that handled everything from liquid bulk, LNG to scrap metals and glass, stone, containers, gypsum, NATO cargoes such as fish and soy, etc. It was incredible to note the similarities and differences from our own ports and port operations - another great example of a maritime cluster in action. This fabulous tour was hosted by the University College of Southeast Norway.

No matter where you go in the world, you will run into an MMA cadet or alum. The world is now an integral part of the International Maritime Business cadet’s curriculum and campus. For these students, the world is also their oyster.