Agip kicks off practical sea time experience programme

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The Nigerian Agip Exploration Limited (NAE), last week flagged off the Practical Sea Time Experience program aimed at reducing the nation’s dependence on foreign personnel in the marine operations, The Guardian reports.

Speaking at the kick-off ceremony at Onne, Port Harcourt, in Rivers State, the Managing Director of NAE, Massimo Insulla, said a gap was identified by the firm that graduates of Marine Engineering from the nation’s Universities and cadets from Nautical Academy, Oron have nowhere to perform the mandatory Practical Sea Time Experience that will enable them get international certifications after the demise of the National flagship, the Nigerian National shipping Line and consequently, are not in a position to be gainfully employed.

According to Insulla, in a move to close the gap, the firm in 2014, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria to develop the oil and gas industry. He said 20 cadets who have graduated but unable to get opportunities were the first to benefit from the programme which began last week.