After years of training seafarers in various fields, Šibenik-based Adria Libar received great recognition from the Belgian Ministry, whose yacht skippers will now be educated with the institution
The Belgian Ministry of Maritime Affairs only accepts three institutions for Commercial Master Training: two Belgian and Croatian Adria Libar Training Centre. ‘There is a lot of hard work behind this honor’, say Adria Libar.
‘We have been in communication with skippers for years, searching for solutions for professionals who want to take their yachting careers to a new level. Although yachting education is intertwined with classic seafaring education, the real situation is completely different.’
‘Quality yachting education is our way of promoting the country and the people, capable of playing in the big league’
In maritime affairs, there are clear and universal rules, prescribed by conventions and standards under the control of the International Maritime Organization, the IMO. In yachting, however, there are different rules and conditions, prescribed by different administrations, insurance companies and shipowners. In order to compete for best jobs, yacht skippers must follow the rules of the game, and it is of utmost importance for them to have an institution that trains them for every situation.
‘Our school has never been limited exclusively to the national framework of any country. Maritime and yachting education knows no boundaries. You need to set the standard, to maintain quality, and to have top people on your team who will do their job no matter what the requirements or what the administration are. When we were audited three years ago by the Belgian Ministry of Maritime Affairs, who control training in commercial yachting, we demonstrated that the foundation of yachting in Croatia is professional work attitude.
Today, we are glad to say that skippers from all over the world come to Croatia, recognizing that same attitude in our approach to education.’ The education system is in accordance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers – STCW VII/1. Lectures are organized by modules and certificates are awarded after detailed training and exams through experience.
Yacht skippers encounter at work various agencies, insurance companies, are in charge of contracts, of inspections, and need to continuously update their skills and knowledge as legislation changes. At Adria Libar, educators are active professionals. The yachting world has been ruled by a monopoly for years, but after Brexit, the EU member states got their chance to step up, and Croatia is certainly taking its place on the list of competitors.
Photos Boris Kačan, Mario Jelavić & Adria Libar