On April 12, cadets enrolled in the Bahamas Maritime Cadet Corps of Abaco participated in a practical outdoor classroom experience. According to Abaco’s BMCC Coordinator Glender Knowles, the cadets took part in a bridge familiarization and learned parts of the ship onboard the M/V Duke.
Knowles thanked Captain Michael Bethel for granting permission to them for the tour, and applauded Captain Chu for his presentation. The cadets were also engaged in a navigation exercise aboard Albury’s Ferry to Hope Town Harbour.
“This exercise included observation of navigation markers, headings, ranges, tides, wind direction, draft of the vessel and safety equipment on board the vessel,” Knowles explained. “Additionally, the Cadets were tested on the general ‘rules of the road,’ and I thank Mr. Dennis Knowles and owners of Albury’s Ferry for sponsoring this event.”
Later, a brief lecture took place at the Marsh Harbour Port Administration Building with the new Office Administrator, Marques Williams, who is a graduate of the prestigious SUNY Maritime. Williams spoke about the business side of the maritime industry. He also informed the cadets of the importance of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which is responsible for making up the rules that govern the industry.
Finally, Knowles made an appeal to students interested in becoming cadets and looking forward to joining the Bahamas Maritime Cadet Corps, which is an after-school program for students in Grade 10 to 12. Please contact Glender Knowles at 646-7072 or speak to your school’s guidance counsellors for contact information.