Ceylon Shipping Corporation (CSC), the National Carrier of Sri Lanka organized a “Career Guidance Seminar in the Maritime Sector” to 100 G.C.E (A/L) students representing several Government schools as a commemorative event to mark the 2nd year anniversary of the His Excellency the President’s Inauguration in office, recently. The event was organized by the Seva Vanitha Unit of CSC with the idea of promoting Corporate Social Responsibility. This programme was initiated to enhance the knowledge on fundamentals of Maritime sector, and arouse awareness among the future generation of this island Nation to understand the importance of taking up various career opportunities while protecting maritime environment. It was held at the Auditorium of Mahapola Training Center of Sri Lanka Ports Authority under the auspices Mr. L P Jayampathy, Secretary of the Ministry of Ports and Shipping being the Chief Guest.
While emphasizing on the main purpose of organizing this important seminar as aforesaid, the Chairman of CSC warmly welcomed the invitees from the public and private sector shipping industry, as well as the student participants who have shown keen interest to learn various fields of the ocean and maritime industry in selecting their future studies and employment. He further stressed the importance on selecting a career in shipping to reap higher financial benefits than any other profession could afford. In the day’s programme, the first lecture was delivered by Dr. P.B. Terney Pradeep Kumara, General Manager of the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) who enlightened the participants on the importance of protecting marine environment from possible threats of pollution thus highlighting devastating effects that have been experienced by sea area around the island. It was followed by a presentation of Dr. Dan Malika Gunasekera, the Executive Director of CSC an expert in maritime law who outlined various job opportunities available for Sri Lankan youth on board vessels and artificial platforms at sea such as oil rigs, as well the job opportunities available on shore. He went on to elaborate the recognition of seafarers and others in the shipping industry who raise some handsome amount of salary than most of the other professions. He further mentioned that the CSC being the National Career is duty bound to train the country’s sea cadets, and presently it offers nearly 52 sea berths on board its vessels in addition to number of other berths that it organizes through time-chartered vessels.
In addition, there were few other leading industry experts who gave enterprising speeches such as Mr.Nimal Jayathissa of Sri Lanka Ports Authority who delivered the presentation on Sri Lankan Ports, Port activities, facilities, and cargo movement in Port of Colombo while Mrs. Chitra Jayasinghe, Deputy General Manager of CSC talked about sea transportation in general, and Mr. I Danthanarayana, Manager, Chartering & Agency, gave a glimpse of coal transport operation conducted by CSC for Ceylon Electricity Board in Lakvijaya Thermal Power Plant in Norochcholai, Puttlam.
This event was co-sponsored by CINEC Maritime Campus and Heyleys Advantis while the two organizations were represented by Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe, the former Navy Commander, Senior Consultant of CINEC Maritime Campus, Capt. Peshala Madagama, General Manager, Foreign Projects and Local Branches of CINEC Maritimes Campus, and Mr. Ravi Karunarathna, the Head of Projects at Heyleys Advantis respectively. This event was well coordinated by Mrs.Yamuna Wettasinghe, Manager Business Development of CSC who delivered the vote of thanks to all those who supported and attended the Career Guidance Seminar while extending special note of appreciation to the Ministry of Education for giving its utmost support in arranging the student participation as well as Mahapola Training Centre for making the event a huge success. She also emphasized the importance of organizing similar Seminars in the future for the benefit of school children who would ultimately benefit in selecting their career path in the fields of ocean and maritime affairs.
At the end of this session, certificates of participation were handed over to the students by the Chairman of CSC in the presence of its senior management followed by a study tour to the Port of Colombo. The students who represented several schools appreciated the organizers for holding such a valuable Seminar that has given them the opportunity to explore various career options in the field of shipping.
(Maritime in SriLanka -01022017)