CMT host 30th Anniversary Conference at Crown Plaza

Date posted: 09/11/2016

Clyde Marine Training (CMT) hosted yet another successful conference in the Crown Plaza Hotel, Glasgow, which also marked the 30th year of operations for the company.

The event which took place on Tuesday 8th November saw representatives from shipping companies and maritime colleges listen to presentations from industry bodies such as UK Chamber of Shipping CEO Guy Platten, and Head of the MNTB Glenys Jackson, detailing changes within the industry over the last year and looking ahead to future challenges.  Workshops and discussions also took place on a range of topics such as Raising Awareness and a review of the application and interview process.

Officer Trainees where also present to take part in the always popular question and answer session, which provides a fantastic insight to the life of a cadet at various stages of training. 

CMT Director Colin McMurray commented: “As always it is fantastic to see everyone come together for what is an insightful event, and it is particularly significant this year as we celebrate the 30th birthday of Clyde Marine Training.

“Going through old official papers in preparation for the conference, I looked again at the correspondence sent by CMT Managing Director Bill Gibb to the DfT and Government in 1986, urging them to address the shortfall in highly trained officers, and as we stand here today I don’t think the effect that those letters, Bill and CMT had on the industry in terms of the creation of GAFT (Government Assistance for Training), the pre-cursor to SMarT funding, can be understated.”

The end of the conference saw a slight twist to proceedings with guests taking the opportunity to enjoy a champagne reception and tour at the newly opened Clyde Training Solutions (CTS) training centre on the banks of the River Clyde.

After the CTS tour it was back to the Crown Plaza Hotel to enjoy one of the highlights of the year, the 102nd Annual Scottish Shipping Benevolent Association (SSBA) Dinner, attended by almost 350 guests, enjoying speeches from Tom Boardley immediate past president of UK Chamber of Shipping, SSBA President Gregorie Marshall and Charlie Connelly, author of ‘Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast’.

A fantastic day and evening was enjoyed by all, and we look forward to doing it all again in March 2018.

 

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