30 Years of Success

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Supporting careers in the Merchant Navy

With a rich legacy stretching back over 30 years Chiltern Maritime has worked hard to build and maintain a first-class record and reputation for delivering some of the best officers to the Merchant Navy and industry.

Today we assist in administering over 350 Officer Cadets with an enviable industry leading graduate rate of over 90%.

We believe the foundation of our success is based on three main factors; professionalism, selection and relationship building.

Our training and service is of the highest standard and consistently professional. We select future Merchant Navy Cadets who demonstrate enthusiasm, drive and ambition; and finally we have not only developed strong working relationships with our prestigious client base, but we extend the same support and respect to each Cadet on the programme.

Meet some of our most successful cadets:

John Brining

Senior Master, Fleet of Explorer Class Superyachts

My Cadetship with Chiltern was the foundation, introduction and source of skills needed to become a proficient Deck Officer. We all had good support throughout, feedback and encouragement to get as much out of the Cadetship program as possible.

After obtaining my Class 4/3 OOW certification I went on to work for BP for 6 years. I then decided to give the cruise ships a go and settled with P&O for a further 9 years, three of which were served as Deputy Master. For the past 11 years I have served as Master on superyachts working for high net worth individuals and even a Royal Family.

Emma Tiller

Inspector of Marine Accidents, MAIB

In 1989, I had the rather daring notion to go to sea and I was fortunate enough to be accepted onto a Cadet Scholarship Scheme which was managed by Chiltern Maritime. I was ecstatic to be accepted as I would be able to go on several types of vessels during my training and I thought that this would give me a solid foundation for my career at sea.

The knowledge base gained during my cadetship with Chiltern Maritime, together with the wide seafaring and shore-side experience that I have obtained, has allowed me to have an interesting and varied career.

Kevin Moran CEng MBA

Managing Director Tymor Marine Limited.

I had always wanted to go to sea but had no real plan of how or where I was going to do it. I contacted the Institute of Marine Engineers, who talked about available cadetships and I applied to Trinity House as there was the ability to go on a range of vessels. I started my cadetship  with Trinity in 1989 on the HND programme. After completing my training, I progressed quickly and I had my Chief Engineer ticket at 25 and my first Chief’s job, deep sea on a refrigerated cargo ship when I was 26..

I realised I wanted to come ashore and embarked on the final two years of a mechanical engineering degree at Strathclyde University. Although I immediately returned to sea for six years in the oil industry, I then progressed into commercial roles and I also completed an MBA by distance learning, graduating in 2010. I then set up my own business in 2012. The greatest benefit of a career at sea is that no other industry will give you that grounding in hands on practical skills and management. In any one day you could be stripping down equipment and the next minute you are dealing with a multi-million pound budget and figuring out how best to spend it. All of this while hundreds of miles from land and nobody to help, except the team on board. These type of skills are not that common, are in demand and something that is readily transferable to other industries. Look on being at sea as part of your development. Some will be at sea for their entire life, some for only short periods. All however, have a set of valuable skills that can’t be gained elsewhere.