The Amateur Maritime Training Program, which was initiated with the aim of 1 out of 25 people becoming an amateur sailor in our country, took place at Famagusta Rauf Raif Denktaş Culture and Congress Centre on 11th July.
248 people participated in the training organised with the technical support of Istanbul Technical University Northern Cyprus in cooperation with TRNC Ministry of Public Works and Transportation and Turkish Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure.
The training given by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Trainer Esat Güzel started at 14.00 with the opening speeches of Kemal Bağzıbağlı, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation, and Republic of Turkey Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure General Directorate of Marine and Inland Waters – Ahmet Selçuk Sert
Following the opening speeches, Ali Kurumahmut, Advisor to the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Turkey, made a presentation on maritime law and amateur seafarer training. Then the training program and the examinations commenced.
The event was attended by the Minister of Tourism and Environment Ünal Üstel and former Tourism Minister Fikri Ataoğlu and the Turkish Cypriot Peace Forces Chief of Staff Recep Akpınar.
Amateur Maritime Certificates will be given to those who are successful in the examinations after the training. Amateur Seamen Certificate holders will be entitled to use a boat with a maximum length of 24 meters in the TRNC and Turkey.
Public Works and Transportation Ministry Undersecretary Kemal Bağzıbağlı said, as a maritime island more dissemination and development will continue in these and similar programs. He added that the program to increase the number of boat mooring places will be adapted in our country and the infrastructure opportunities for our amateur seafarers to moor their boats will be increased.
Bağzıbağlı said “We have taken a step towards increasing the interest of maritime in our country and increasing maritime sports, activities and economic values. By 2023, we have set a target of 15,000 amateur seafarers. He added that there was a consensus with the officials of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure regarding the Amateur Maritime Training and Examination to be held on the last Saturday of each month. Undersecretary Bağzıbağlı stated that the Ministry of Public Works and Transport will make an announcement about the next training and examination sessions.