Excellence in maritime training recognised

Australian Maritime University

May 13 2013

Captain Anura Seneviratne’s commitment to excellence in maritime training has been recognised with a prestigious international award from industry magazine Sailor Today.

AMC’s Head of Department: Maritime Training took home the Maritime Trainer of the Year award at the 12th Sailor Today/Ship Shore Industry Award function, held in India and attended by maritime professionals from around the world.

Sailor Today is a monthly international shipping magazine based in India and widely read by maritime professionals from South and South-East Asia.

Captain Seneviratne joined AMC, a specialist institute of the University of Tasmania, in 1990 following a 17-year seagoing career.  He gained considerable experience as a senior lecturer and course coordinator of deck officer programs at AMC, before being appointed to his current role leading the maritime training department.

Maintaining AMC’s links with Asia has been a priority for Captain Seneviratne over the years, and he was very pleased to accept the award in front of his peers.

“There were more than 1500 maritime professionals from around the world at the function and I was enjoying many valuable networking opportunities.  Imagine my surprise when my name was called out,” Captain Seneviratne said.

“It is a big achievement for AMC.  They were not just talking about maritime trainer of the year in India or the subcontinent; professionals from all over Asia, Europe and other parts of the world were present as well.”

Captain Seneviratne said the award was recognition of the team effort by AMC academic and professional staff, and acknowledgment of the institute’s strong international reputation.

“There are more than 200 maritime training institutions in South Asia alone, so it is very rewarding for AMC to be recognised for its maritime training on such a global scale.”

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