Almaty, Kazakhstan, July 1, 2016 – The inaugural graduation ceremony of the Kazakhstan Maritime Academy (KMA) in Almaty was held today for 16 cadets who completed the 4-year course and received their Bachelor of Science degree. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Republic of Kazakhstan, educational institutes, Tengizchevroil LLP (TCO) Partners and involved stakeholders and media.
The academy was established in 2012 by order of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan to support the increasing offshore oil and gas developments and generate employment opportunities outside of the traditional oil and gas sector. The Kazakhstan Maritime Academy was founded by TCO under the auspices of the Kazakh-British Technical University (KBTU). The Academy has partnered with Netherlands based international maritime educational conglomerate STC-Group. Chevron-Shipping Company LLC provided technical expertise and hosted international practice at the state-of-the-art vessels and has accepted 6 graduates as interns with the company.
“Tengizchevroil congratulates the graduates for successfully completing their course of studies,” said Eimear Bonner, acting General Director of Tengizchevroil. “Their commitment, together with strong support from the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and our Partners, will enable these highly skilled graduates to become internationally recognized Kazakhstani officers and leaders in the marine transportation sector”.
The academy features the most advanced integrated navigation and engineering simulation equipment manufactured by Kongsberg Maritime of Norway. KMA’s comprehensive and stimulating academic program is delivered in English. In addition to a rigorous educational program, the Academy features extensive training on the most advanced integrated deck and engineering simulation equipment.
The Academy graduates will create a pool of high qualified and competent Kazakhstani mariners able to work on Kazakh and foreign vessels anywhere in the world. Currently 84 cadets are enrolled in the Kazakhstan Maritime Academy.
As Arailym Bekova, KMA cadet said: “KMA has opened the new life for me, life in the sea”.
Tengizchevroil LLP continues to assist the Ministry of Investments and Development in its efforts to demonstrate compliance with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers which will allow all Kazakhstani mariners to sail internationally.