P&O Maritime Logistics continues to contribute to the training and employment of local maritime professionals through its employment and training program.
This was stressed by the Head of Australia and PNG P&O Maritime Logistics Mr. John Connor, who said that P&O has trained so many Papua New Guineans for maritime careers. “In more recent times, we have sponsored 14 candidates through our own training program and a collaborative program that is running in conjunction with the Ok Tedi Development Foundation (OTDF),” said Mr. Connor.
He added that within this program, P&O also strongly encourages interested young females who want to be seafarers to enquire and join the program. “In addition to our cadet program, we have also had students pass through to PNG Maritime Collage in Madang who undertook additional training to improve their qualification and be promoted within P&O seafaring team.”
He said with these training programs and the fleet operations, the maritime logistics company continues to make a significant contribution to the growth of maritime capability of Papua New Guinea, which he said is an essential element of trade in a growing country.
“We further look to expand the benefits of this programs by providing our PNG crews, which currently make up 95% of our team, the opportunity to serve further afield in our other fleet units, so they gain exposer to our international operation and have the opportunity to develop professionally and personally.”