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ALL HANDS ONDECK Peter Anthony and Logan Knight are the principles behind Ondeck. Knight is the company’s chief instructor with over ten years maritime training experience worldwide, while Anthony is the chairman and investor in the company. Ondeck is a maritime training and yacht charter company with its Caribbean base in Antigua but with bases in the UK, Charleston USA and Portugal. They have been in Antigua for 5 years providing training for professionals in the yacht industry and leisure sailors from Antigua, the wider Caribbean, North America and Europe. They are accredited to deliver courses by the RYA [Royal Yacht Association] and the UK’s MCA [Maritime and Coastguard Agency]. Training is provided for complete novices to Ocean Yachtmaster [Master 200t], and the courses are relevant to Antiguans and visiting overseas yachtsmen and women alike. Ondeck Maritime Training Antigua has worked closely with ADOMS over the past 2 years to develop one of a few very small number of STCW95 Basic Safety Training Centres in the Caribbean. For Ondeck, this training was a logical extension of its current training portfolio but it needed the support and drive of many other organizations including the Defence Force, the Fire Service and the Government, which ADOMS was in an ideal position to facilitate. The STCW95 regulations are a code of practice that govern many aspects of seafaring including Standards of Training, Certification

and Watchkeeping. The Basic Safety Training course is a ‘must have’ for anyone working on a commercial vessel of any sort in most of the world. It doesn’t teach you to be a mariner, but it does teach you how to react and handle a wide variety of emergency situations. It covers fire safety and fighting, sea survival, first aid and personal Safety and social responsibility, over 5 days of classroom and practical exercises. Whether a person’s role on board is stewardess, chef, deck hand, or captain they all must have this training. This available training now allows more Antiguans to secure work in the shipping and yacht industries overseas and is attracting more overseas students to come here for their training. The availability of a trained workforce can only help in attracting more of the economically vital superyacht business that is worth millions to Antigua. Previously the closest facility to Antigua was in St Maarten. As another benefit, the facility has been used by both the Fire Service and the Defence Force free of charge to conduct and improve their own training. As for future plans, Anthony says, Ondeck and ADOMS are already cooperating regarding the introduction of new captain’s training for boat and yacht operators based in Antigua &Babbuda based on the internationally recognized Boatmaster qualifications and hope to launch this later in 2011.

BusinessFocus • December/January 11/12

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Business Focus Antigua Issue 40  
Business Focus Antigua Issue 40  

As 2011 comes to a close and we enter 2012, the forecast for the world economy continues to be news of job cuts and hints of a "double dip"...