Triton networks with Bluewater Crew Training USA
Date(s) - Jan 4, 2017
06:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Kick off the new year with networking focused on crew progress, coursework and licensing conversations. Bluewater Crew Training USA, formerly International Crew Training (ICT), is hosting our first-Wednesday-of-the-month networking event at the indoor campus it shares with provisioner Yacht Chandlers in Ft. Lauderdale.
Until then, learn more about the school merger from Bluewater Crew Training USA President Brian Luke, and what’s new in provisioning from Yacht Chandlers’ General Manager James James.
- ICT is now part of Bluewater. Tell us what that means.
Previously, as ICT, we only provided maritime training for crew. Now we not only train crew but we have the ability to locate a position and place them onboard yachts. Additionally, our loyal customers/crew have other locations where they can train and get the same great service they have come to know with us in Ft. Lauderdale.
- How did this come about?
We were originally working with Bluewater to provide training for its One Account customers who needed a training provider on this side of the Atlantic. The One Account is a yacht program whereby every dollar spent on crew recruitment is given back in training vouchers. We found that our companies worked well together and were synergistic. It was only natural that we joined together and became one company with one complete service.
- How does this help students?
Students now have the ability to train on both sides of the Atlantic in three locations. This makes it more convenient for students traveling onboard their respective yachts to book into training at any time throughout the year, no matter where they are currently located.
- So this will allow students to take classes in Antibes and Palma de Mallorca easier?
Absolutely. Students who have been loyal to ICT in the U.S. or to Bluewater in Palma or Antibes can now book into any one of the offices and if their travel plans change, they can simply take the course in one of our other locations. We have merged the best of all our courses and standardized the way we provide training. Crew members can now expect the same great service no matter which location they take their courses.
- What other services does this partnership offer students?
Traditionally we (ICT) only provided crew training. Now we can also help secure a position onboard for those crew looking for work. We now also offer yacht management, brokerage, charter services, making us a true full-service yacht company.
- What trends are you seeing with students today?
Over the past 10-20 years, the superyacht industry has been dragged (kicking and screaming) into the maritime regulatory world. Today’s young yacht crew now understand the necessity of professional training, certification and licensing.
- How do you answer the complaint that there are more and more mandatory classes for mariners?
It’s my generation (baby boomers) that is having a difficult time with the regulatory world. Our yachts today are really ships, and we all need to embrace being treated as equals to our merchant brothers and sisters. In a nutshell, if crew members in the yachting industry want high pay, relevant job security and respect as professionals then we all need to license, certify and train as professionals in a highly regulated world.
I have an equal background in the airline industry. The airlines are highly regulated and very professional at what they do. We can fight it all we want, but in the end we will only be working against ourselves. Let’s show the world just how professional we are in this great industry. That’s my personal goal.
- Does everyone look great in their new blue uniforms?
Yes, everyone does look great. As you know, two-thirds of the planet is covered in blue. We are blue all the way.
- James, please tell us about Yacht Chandlers.
Yacht Chandlers is a megayacht supply and support company that has offices in Ft. Lauderdale, St. Thomas, and Antibes. We also have a store at Lauderdale Marine Center in Ft. Lauderdale. We have been in business more than 25 years and cover deck, engineering, watersports, interior, provisions and bunkering.
- What does your company do best?
We listen to what our customers say and want, and we partner with them to ensure the best pricing of quality products are delivered on time.
- You have been doing a lot toward helping the Bahamas after Hurricane Matthew. Tell us about that.
Our company policy and mission statement is to give back. YachtAid Global is the one that’s been doing all the work. We are just helping them accomplish their mission. I would encourage all captains, crew and owners to look them up and support their efforts.
What’s hot these days?
- Lampuga, an electric jet surfboard that does 35mph.
- Airocide, which extends the life of fresh vegetables two or three times. It’s a simple install for a walk-in fridge.
- Seabobs are still hot. Their new models are half the weight of their old ones.
- Japanese Wagyu beef is still the best of the best.
Triton Networking will be held on Jan. 4 at the Bluewater campus at 750 W. Sunrise Blvd. (33311). For more information, visit www.bluewateryachting.com or call +1 954-779-7764.