A total of 14 young people will become the first group of ordinary seafarers trained in the village of Puerto Armuelles, in the province of Chiriquí, this January 15, 2022, announced the secretary of the Panamanian Shipowners Association (ARPA), Harry Quinn .
Quinn noted that there will be a second generation of 16 more sailors due out in February. He explained that for the implementation of this project it was taken into account that in the province of Chiriquí some maritime projects will be developed such as: the fiscal dock in Puerto Armuelles, the Puerto Barú in David and the Boca Chica project and it was concluded that it existed the need to train human resources to provide job opportunities for young people in this sector that registers around 52% unemployment.
The secretary of ARPA indicated that this project has been carried out in conjunction with the Competitiveness Center that made the link with the National Institute of Professional Training and Training for Human Development INADEH for the development of this course that is being taught at the Library Generosa Valdez, in Puerto Armuelles.
Quinn added that it is important that young people begin to be offered opportunities for training and that in this way development can permeate this province.
This course for training Ordinary Seafarers, began on September 3 and covers a total of 525 hours and includes within the training plan classes on nautical nomenclature, maritime conventions and regulations, maritime safety, seamanship and ropes, maneuvers and principles of navigation, as well as marine pollution.