MCA Officer Trainee of the Year honoured at awards ceremony
A trainee marine engineering officer says he’s received a massive boost in confidence after being awarded the Maritime & Coastguard Agency’s Officer Trainee of the Year award.
Tristan Greaney, 27, from Cornwall is a Third Marine Engineering Officer for Princess Cruises. He took a Light Marine Engineering course in Falmouth, acquiring hands on experience as well as completing a number of course work projects.
He received his award, presented on behalf of the Shipping Minister, from Sir Alan Massey, Chief Executive of the MCA as part of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets Annual Court (MSSC). Tristan’s college – Blackpool and the Fylde College - and his training company – Princess Cruises, were both invited to attend the ceremony at Trinity House in London on 11 October.
The award aims to encourage and recognise quality within the maritime industry. Nominations are made by nautical colleges alongside the trainee’s sponsoring company. The winner is decided by a panel of judges, including representatives from the MCA and other industry figures.
Tristan said: ‘This award is the most prestigious thing I have received. It shows to me that all the hard work and dedication to the cadetship has paid off.
‘Most of all, it has given me a boost in confidence and I feel like I am on the correct track for my career and this is the one I shall follow. Attaining this award at the start of anyone’s sea going career is a great motivator for the future years to come. I appreciate being nominated for this award.’
Sir Alan said: ‘I was delighted to present this award, on behalf of the Minister, to such an outstanding trainee. The high standard of entries that we receive for this award every year is an indication of the great quality of trainees within the maritime industry. We continue to encourage and promote the kind of enthusiasm and commitment that we’ve seen from Tristan Greaney.
‘I wish Tristan every success for his future career. I’m sure his progress will be characterised by the outstanding qualities that have gained him this award.’
Minister for Transport, the Rt Hon John Hayes said: ‘Britain is a truly global, seafaring, trading nation and training programmes offered by industry are inspiring a new generation of young people into the workforce.
‘Young officers such as Tristan are vital to ensuring the UK’s maritime industry will thrive for years to come.’