“Youth Seafarer Experience Sharing Session”
The “Youth Seafarer Experience Sharing Session” was held successfully by Hong Kong International Seafarer Services Centre (ISSC) on 1st June, 2022 in the conference room, 28th floor of the ISSC.
The session was one of the events in a programme series for the welfare of local seafarers provided by ISSC, aimed at promoting the career development of youth seafarers. Including representatives from seafarer unions of Hong Kong (MNOG/AUS), young trainee seafarers and maritime students from Maritime Services Training Institute, about 25 participants in total attended the event.
Capt. Chung Tung Tong, General Secretary of Merchant Navy Officers’ Guild – Hong Kong (one of the founders of ISSC), delivered a speech at the meeting on behalf of the union. He introduced the union policies and plans in protecting the welfare for seafarers and in promoting the career development for young seafarers. Several young seafarers also shared their experience as trainees on merchant vessels, as well as personal sharing in examinations. Participating maritime students in the meeting actively asked questions and engaged in discussion on topics such as recruitment, financial support from unions in internship, study programmes and COC examination etc.
In a warm and friendly atmosphere, most of the participating students gave positive feedback and expressed that they had benefited a lot in the session.