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Celebrating 35 Years of SMT

The commissioning of our new Vessel, Navigator, a perfect way to celebrate 35 years.

SMT celebrates 35 years with the commissioning of its new vessel

In 2021, SMT celebrates 35 years of providing training for the Tasmanian Seafood and Maritime Industry.

And this was perfect timing for the commissioning of our new training vessel Navigator.

The Minister for Primary Industries and Water, Guy Barnett with SMT stakeholders attended a commissioning ceremony on the 11th of August 2021. The ceremony was an opportunity for those who have been involved with SMT, both past and present, to celebrate the success of the organisation and view its new training vessel firsthand.

All who attended the ceremony were impressed with the new vessel which has already been put to good use.

So far this year Navigator has been used in the training assessment of twenty-six Master up to 24 M, fifteen MED 2 and five Master up to 35 M students.  With more courses scheduled between now and the end of the year, we expect the vessel will be earning its keep.

The Hon Minister Guy Barnett and SMT stakeholders were shown around Navigator prior to the commissioning ceremony.

Navigator to the rescue

During a recent Master up 24 M training course, students were able to put their skills to test whilst they, with their trainer Scott Strong, responded to a mayday call. 

The call was put out by the crew of a yacht being pushed ashore in recent strong winds.  Fortunately for the crew of the stricken vessel, Navigator and its crew were able to get to them quickly and towed the vessel to a safe anchorage.  

In addition to the fantastic real-life training opportunity that this incident provided SMT students, it also showcased Navigator’s capabilities as a contemporary industry training vessel.

Welcome Luna

Congratulations Ellen and Ryan Duke on the birth of your baby girl Luna Evelyn Duke born on the 24/9/2021.

Ellen Duke is a third-generation Oyster farmer who imparts her many years of experience and knowledge of the Tasmanian Oyster industry whilst delivering Shellfish Husbandry training for SMT.  Prior to taking some leave for the imminent birth of Luna, we were very grateful to Ellen for squeezing in one last Shellfish Husbandry course.

Ellen’s students undertaking oyster grading practicals as part of their training.

Welcome Chadd Mumme again. 

In mid-2020 we welcomed Chadd Mumme to the SMT team as a Workplace Certificate III in Aquaculture assessor.  In August this year, we are very pleased to announce that Chadd has now taken on the role of Training Officer with SMT. 

Chadd’s role will be focused on aquaculture, wader safety and first aid training and in doing so you will see him in the workplace, undertaking traineeship assessment, in the classroom and in the office helping to manage your enquiries.

Discussion with the government about a training subsidy commitment progress

In the last edition of Seafood Industry News, we reported on the barriers to undertaking training, that are facing those in (and wanting to enter) the Tasmania Seafood and Maritime industry.

This is the result of the State Government not having any commitment to fund training for our sector.

Since that report, we (SMT) were invited to meet with the Minister for Education, the Hon Sarah Courtney and her advisor to discuss our concerns. 

It was a constructive meeting, as the Minister was able to directly ask questions about our concerns and she gave a commitment to discuss our concerns with her colleagues. 

In combination with TSIC’s efforts to secure training subsidy security for the industry, we are hopeful that we will now be able to have a meaningful dialogue with the Government about this issue and potentially restore the training subsidy commitment to our industry that was lost in 2020.

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