New batch of Omani sailors to join the National ferries - Omanisation Ratio to rise 69% - Monday, 08 July 2013

The number of passengers via ferries rose by 18.3 per cent during the first four months of 2014 compared to the corresponding period of 2013.

The monthly bulletin of the National Ferries Company (NFC) pointed out that the number of passengers on board the ferries stood at 14,285 as at the end of April 2014.
He added that these initiatives are to translate clearly the company's philosophy inspired by the deep commitment towards developing and nurturing skills of Omani youth in the fields of maritime activities to raise the status of the Sultanate in the global maritime arena, the training for a period of 3 months, aimed to groom sailors ready and willing to work in the maritime transport sector. This program is designed on the basis of efficiency with a focus on the areas of safety and practical maritime skills.

Abdullah Al Yaaqoubi, one of the new sailors, said that it was a great opportunity to participate in these intensive training programs which allowed me to be a qualified sailor & helped me to achieve my dream to become a professional sailor. I will do my best to improve my skills & I hope my successful experience will inspire more ambitious Omani youths, said Abdullah.

Crew manager Fadhila Al Khalasi explained that company training focused on theoretical and practical aspects to ensure young people absorb the required skills, especially since the certificates they get recognized internationally, on the job training continues in combination inside and outside the Sultanate. Fadhila concluded by saying that Omanisation, especially in the field of fast ferries is one of the biggest challenges due to the nature of fast ferries state-of-the-art technology, not only in Oman but in many countries around the world and we are proud that Oman is the only country in the region, which has national qualified crew in the field of management and operation of fast ferries.

It is worth mentioning that the National Ferries Company recently received High Speed Craft "Al Hallanyat" in addition to the current plans of building two ROPAX ferries which will be deployed to serve the ports of Shanna & Masirah Island which is expected to be launched beginning of next year.