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Georgian sailors sail without a ship

2011-10-14 16:31

Georgian sailors sail without a ship. 23258.jpegBatumi Maritime Academy said goodbye to the sole training ship which at the time was confiscated by the Coast Guard of Georgia. Its was returned to its rightful owner - Turkey. The young sailors will be trained on the training simulators and computer programs but meeting the European methods. They do this in order to the European companies continued to recognize diplomas of Georgian Academy.


A year and a half earlier, Batumi Maritime Academy used a foreign ship for training purposes. It was seized from a Turkish citizen during Georgian Coast Guard's raids and was handed to the Academy by the Ministry of Finance in February 2010. The acquisition satisfied both, students and the Ministry of Education. Dimitri Shashkin himself came to see how the future navigators and electromechanics are training.

But for others, the feast came to an end. Ankara has forced the Georgian government to return the ship to the owner. From Batumi, the ship was escorted in a solemn atmosphere, posing no sorrow. Moreover, the dean of the Faculty of Maritime Devadze Moorman said that it was too expensive to keep this old tub: its service costs 70 000 GEL per year. In addition, it was dangerous to go to the sea on this vessel.

Now the Academy is again in need of train ship, preferably more modern. And, perhaps, the Coast Guard of Georgia is already looking for a new victim. It constantly detains Turkish fishing and Abkhazian trading partners in their waters. In Sukhum, it is called "piracy", the same as in Somalia.

Last November, the European Organisation for the safety of navigation suspended Georgia's maritime qualifications in the EU because the level of training in Batumi has fallen. A part of the problem was in lack of experience and real skills. Before the advent of the Turkish ship, cadets undergo practical training with distribution in the shipping companies but it is not easy to organize. Georgian Shipping Company no longer exists and foreign ship owners love serious business.

Without a diploma, recognized in Europe Georgian, sailors can not enter into contacts and collective bargaining on the vessels. This means that they are destined to be employed by shipowners under the "comfortable" flags which can not guarantee salary, insurance or life safety.

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