Back in 2012, the pool of West African Schulte Group seafarers counted less than 30. Today, the company has 600 seafarers from the region in its crew pool. “Increasing our training offer in the region will be a huge opportunity for BSM to even further expand its crew pool and put it on a broader international footing,” elaborates Rodriguez.
In the years before, BSM has trained African cadets and junior officers mainly at the MTC in Limassol, Cyprus, and during the pandemic also remotely in the existing class and training rooms at the company’s office building in Ghana.
The new MTC in Ghana will be BSM’s fifth institution of this kind, modelled on the training facility in Kochi, India, which was opened in 2021. With all permits already in place, BSM is hoping to start operations of the MTC in 2024.