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Malik Green: no obstacle is too great

Malik Green, 23, has returned to school in Canada, where he is pursuing his engine officer’s license. MALIK GREEN

For Malik Green, it’s simple – once you start something, no matter how hard, you should continuously push yourself mentally and physically, and you will be able to conquer the obstacles you may face. With that in mind, Green, 23, is in Canada, where he is pursuing studies to complete his engine officer’s license.

Green was the 2013 most outstanding graduate of the Freeport cohort of the Bahamas Maritime Cadet Corps (BMCC); he is continuing to chart his course towards becoming a successful marine engineer.

He attended Holland College Marine Training Centre, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, where he undertook studies in the engine room rating course, which he completed in January 2014. After that course he began sailing aboard the domestic Ro-Ro cargo vessel, where he remained until January 2016.

In February 2016 he applied to work on a cruise ship and was accepted as an engine room rating.

“Everything was much bigger and complex than I was used to, but I was determined to overcome and conquer anything that may seem intimidating. I always welcomed any challenges.”

Green sailed aboard the ship for three eight-month contracts.

“I gained a lot of knowledge and experience which I can use on land and sea as certain systems may vary, but the principle remains the same. I am now in a position to progress in advancing myself.”

Green was introduced and exposed to the maritime field through participation in the BMCC during his final three years of high school at St. George’s in Grand Bahama.

“During those years of attending this extracurricular activity, I attained a vast majority of knowledge of the maritime industry and developed a deeper interest on how it would be to work onboard a vessel. We started in the classroom learning about the maritime industry as it relates to ships and laws of the seas. On occasion we would take field trips to learn more and familiarize ourselves with the operations and intelligence of the ships and be able to make inquiries of those persons already in the field,” he said.

The BMCC seeks to expose high school students to various aspects of the shipping industry with an emphasis on encouraging them to consider an ocean-going career. Classroom instruction is centered on areas such as ship nomenclature, vessel husbandry, seamanship, rules of the nautical road to prevent collisions at sea, coastal navigation, fire-fighting, meteorology and an exposure to marine engineering. The sessions are augmented with presentations from industry professionals as well as field trips to industrial installations on the island. This exposure piqued Green’s interest in selecting marine engineering as a viable career path.

After being named top cadet in the class of 2013, he was afforded the opportunity to pursue further studies in Canada, where he qualified as an engine room rating, which opened the door to work on vessels in this capacity. He began with local inter-island vessels engaged in the roll-on/roll-off containerized trade, but in February 2016 was successfully recruited by a major cruise line. He admitted the challenges were greater as he worked in larger, more complex engine rooms but he was determined to succeed and conquer anything that may have appeared to be intimidating. He was convinced that the principle of dealing with engines was the same, whether working at a power plant ashore or on a vessel at sea.

The BMCC continues to recruit and expose high school students to the myriad of opportunities which exist in the industry with the view to creating more success stories like Green.

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