Igor Tonkovidov, President and CEO of Sovcomflot, took part in an industry-wide meeting on personnel training held by Russia’s Ministry of Transport as part of the discussion of the Transport Strategy up to 2035. The meeting was chaired by Vitaly Saveliev, Russia’s Minister of Transport.
The meeting was also attended by: Alexander Poshivay, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Transport; Andrey Lavrishev, Head of the Federal Agency for Maritime and River Transport (Rosmorrechflot), and rectors of institutions across of the vocational education system supervised by Rosmorrechflot.
Vitaly Saveliev emphasised that this is the first time the national Transport Strategy will cover the vocational education, with a special focus on developing a conceptual framework for training personnel for the industry up to 2035.
During the meeting, Igor Tonkovidov spoke about the ongoing cooperation between the company and three major maritime universities of Russia: the Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping, the Admiral Ushakov Maritime State University and the Admiral Nevelskoy Maritime State University. These collaborations result from long-term strategic partnership agreements signed with each university.
“The cadets are given the opportunity to receive their required annual practice at sea aboard Sovcomflot’s vessels using state-of-the-art equipment. We are strongly focused on targeted training programmes for future officers and guarantee employment with SCF flee to each cadet enrolled in these programmes. In addition, the company helps to organise internships for teaching staff and provides support to professors and postgraduates.
From 2010 to 2020, 210 cadets completed their practice at sea onboard SCF ships on average each year, and 120 graduates of higher and secondary educational institutions were hired by SCF on average each year during the same period,” said Igor Tonkovidov.
He also highlighted that, since 2018, the Group has been successfully running a mentoring programme, as part of which SCF’s senior managers mentor the best cadets from the three partnership universities.
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PAO Sovcomflot (MOEX:FLOT) is one of the world's leading energy shipping companies, specialising in the transportation of crude oil, petroleum products, and liquefied gas, as well as the servicing of offshore oil and gas production. As of the date of this release, the Group’s fleet comprises 145 vessels with a total deadweight of over 12.6 million tonnes, including vessels owned through joint ventures. More than 80 vessels have an ice class.
SCF is involved in servicing large oil and gas projects in Russia and around the world: Sakhalin-1; Sakhalin-2; Varandey; Prirazlomnoye; Novy Port; Yamal LNG, and Tangguh (Indonesia). The Group is headquartered in St. Petersburg, with offices in Moscow, Novorossiysk, Murmansk, Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, London, Limassol, and Dubai.
Over many years, Sovcomflot has fostered strategic partnerships with the major Russian maritime universities: Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping (St. Petersburg); Admiral Nevelskoy Maritime State University (Vladivostok), and Admiral Ushakov Maritime State University (Novorossiysk). The Company also works closely with the Captain Varukhin Maritime Centre (Velikiy Novgorod).
Vessel masters and other senior officers of SCF vessels are directly involved in training and educating the young specialists on a constant basis, sharing their experience and knowledge with cadets. The company is successfully implementing targeted training programmes for future SCF officers. Sovcomflot helps cadets to receive their required annual practical training at sea aboard its vessels, provides support for university faculty, which includes organising regular internships for teaching staff, and assists universities in upgrading and renewing their facilities and equipment as well as in their research activities.
As part of the professional training of young specialists, Sovcomflot regularly sponsors and organises international regattas of training sailing vessels. These events are aimed at enhancing the prestige of the maritime profession and increasing youth's interest in it, as well as at supporting the unique system of Russian maritime education. For cadets, sailing practice remains an integral and vital component of their professional training to become captains.