This year’s International Day of Education has us thinking about the journey to becoming a marine surveyor and how we can play a role in shaping a new generation of maritime professionals through knowledge and expertise sharing.
Travel and variety of work are not the only advantages available to a marine surveyor. Accessing new technologies, shaping safer and more sustainable ways of working also play a major role. Surveyors can see a lot of the world and can enjoy many interesting experiences.
Without a steady stream of new talent coming up through the ranks, the quality of surveying would decrease. As with other industries, marine surveying can benefit from new perspectives, experiences and knowledge of new technologies that can help disrupt the industry. Not to mention that a skilled and reliable pool of talent is essential to keep waiting times for the customer under control. When time is of the essence, it is imperative that our customers can access qualified surveyors with the experience and knowledge to deliver a service of the highest standards.
Maritime damage experts are needed now and will always be in the future, and it is therefore important to draw attention to this profession to young people so that they are aware of the opportunities, can learn the existing expertise, knowledge and experience from accomplished surveyors in a timely manner, and also bring new ideas to the business.
Marine surveying, as a discipline, cannot just be taught at nautical schools and maritime courses. It also requires on-the-job learning, particularly in the areas of prevention and risk reduction. It is necessary to have first-hand experience that cannot be learned in the academic world alone.
For decades, our marine surveyors have taught theoretical knowledge of damage, accidents and incidents to people, ships or cargo through our specialised courses carefully designed to provide the expertise needed to succeed in marine surveying:
We also provide guest lectures at maritime training courses or, on request, at our customers’ or stakeholders’ offices.
Our passion for educating a new generation of marine surveyors, damage experts and maritime consultants stems from the desire to having a real impact in preventing a future shortage of maritime damage experts.
Whether we are supporting the growth of new, high-calibre surveyors by attracting young people and graduates who are entering the maritime world or offering ex-seafarers new possibilities and choices for a career ashore, our aim is to raise awareness about this wonderful profession.
Bas Dijk joins BMT Netherlands B.V. as Marine Surveyor. Bas is stationed in BMT’s new Rotterdam office on the Rivium Business park, Capelle a/d IJssel.
As a volunteer and coordinator for the Zeeland region of the Vaarkracht Foundation, Ad de Klerk, Marine Surveyor at BMT in the Netherlands has, for years, been committed to enabling cancer patients and their relatives to escape reality and gain new energy.
Olivier van der Kruijs
Olivier van der Kruijs describes new processes that will lead to ship condition surveys being conducted more efficiently.
Seagrass provides a vital ecosystem and habitat to our marine environment and is valuable for many reasons.