Cadets sign a bursary agreement with SAMTRA to cover the terms of the financial support they receive during their training. The only time an employment contract is deemed to exist is when cadets sign on Articles of Agreement on any vessel on which they serve. Most companies prefer to include a fixed time contract of employment valid only for the period the cadets is signed on Articles to provide greater control and to ensure that their P&I Insurance cover is applicable to the cadets being trained.
With an increasing number of shipping companies/managers participating in the project how are cadets to be rotated between companies? The intention is that a cadet will remain with the company providing the berth and undergo onboard training to that company’s standards and will not switch or transfer between companies. This will also be a requirement of SAMSA the Maritime Safety Authority.