June 25, 2015 Editor


Since 2011, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has officially celebrated the International Day of the Seafarer on 25 June in order to raise awareness of the vital role played by seafarers around the world. This year the campaign is focusing on promoting careers at sea and encouraging young people to think about the rewards and benefits of a career in the maritime industry. At AAL, we’re very pleased to lend our support to the IMO’s #CareerAtSea campaign and hope that you’ll join us in taking a moment to celebrate the valuable contribution made by seafarers worldwide.

As a global heavy lift, breakbulk and project cargo operator, AAL relies upon the skills, experience and dedication of our highly trained crew and shore side personnel. We have the youngest and most innovative fleet in the multipurpose sector and it is extremely important for our business and for our customers that we continue to invest in recruiting and training the highest quality of seafarers and ensuring that they are able to reap all of the rewards of a career at sea. It is not an easy job, but for those willing to work hard and commit themselves to continuous education and training, those with an interest in the world and a thirst for travel, it is effort well spent.

At AAL we are fortunate to have access to fantastic training and crew management through our sister company Columbia Shipmanagement who provide comprehensive cadet training programmes on board our vessels AAL Brisbane and AAL Kembla. Each vessel is equipped with a classroom and usually accommodates eight cadets from across the world, in addition to the regular crew. The cadets’ daily activities and training in navigation techniques are monitored and supervised by a Company Training Master, all of who have served Columbia Shipmanagement for more than 20 years and are now dedicated entirely to training new personnel.

As with previous years, the IMO is encouraging everyone to lend their support and get involved through their social media campaign #CareerAtSea. Personnel across the maritime industry can share inspiring photos of their day on the IMO’s photo wall to show young people how diverse and fulfilling careers in the maritime industry can be, or post a message on their social media platforms. You can learn more about the Day of the Seafarer and how to show your support here.

Feel free to check out our Twitter page or add us on Facebook and join the conversation.