Texas A&M, LNG companies launch pilot program for cadets
The new partnership will allow maritime students to gain experience at sea
(GALVESTON, Texas) — A new maritime education program advancing real-world knowledge and experience is going full steam ahead thanks to a partnership between the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, Cheniere Energy Inc., and GasLog Ltd. LNG Services.
Two Texas A&M Maritime Academy cadets will participate in the newly established Pilot Cadetship Program, granting them the opportunity to gain operational sea time experience with a leading liquefied natural gas carrier (LNGC) operator.
During the learning opportunity, cadets will effectively become members of the onboard crews. They will fulfill technical, operational and health, safety, security and environment (HSSE) requirements as directed by the vessel’s master while also completing academic study tasks established by the academy.
The program was created to address the need to support an increasing number of United States seafarers on LNGCs and to further advance the real-world learning opportunities for cadets pursuing degree programs in the Department of Maritime Transportation or the Department of Maritime Business Administration.
“What an incredible opportunity for our cadets to gain real-world experiences fully entrenched among seasoned LNGC crews,” said Texas A&M Maritime Academy Superintendent Michael Fossum. “The U.S. maritime and energy industries are critical to state and national prosperity and I’m proud to partner with industry leaders who are invested in the education of tomorrow’s merchant mariners.”
– Texas A&M Maritime Academy