FOR MARINE ENTHUSIASTS
Written by George Grant on March 24, 2015
SAIL TRAINING VESSEL DANMARK COMING TO THE CARIBBEAN
Saint Martin – The Caribbean Sail Training Foundation announced today that one of their member vessels, the full rigged Tall ship DANMARK, will visit Grenada on April 26th 2015 and St.Maarten-St.Martin on May 4th, 2015.
Claire Budhlall Spronk from Spronks’ Provisioning & Mega Yacht Services in Grenada will take care of the vessel while they visit the Island and Yacht Assistance will do the same when the vessel is in St.Maarten-St.Martin.
The DANMARK is 252 feet (77 m) in overall length with a beam of 32 feet (9.8 m) and a depth of 17 feet (5.2 m), with a gross tonnage of 790 tons. The ship was one of the ships that was used during the filming of the British BBC TV-series Onedin Line (1971-1980).
The sail training vessel is operated by MARTEC which is a maritime and polytechnic education center located in northern Denmark. They offer several degree courses – the longest being Bachelor of Technology Management and Marine Engineering as well as Ships Assistant. Martec also offers a wide array of professional courses and training in maritime subjects, offshore safety and technical skills and knowledge.
On board the vessel DANMARK, youngsters can complete the education for ordinary seaman and receive a long list of STCW certificates. On top of that, they build long lasting friendships and experience personal growth as part of a team of trainees.
The era of large sailing ships is definitely not over. As long as there is a desire to get an education as a seaman, they will always be there. The Danish Government had the DANMARK built in 1932. The purpose was to have a proper Training ship. Now, as then, young people who want a career at sea can have their basic training on board the DANMARK. There is room for 15 crew members and 80 trainees on board the ship.