Press Release Archive - Travel Agents

Mon, 02 Apr 2018

MSA is now running MCA Approved Engine Course

The Maritime Skills Academy is happy to announce it will be running the Approved Engine Course, starting April 2018. More

Thu, 05 Oct 2017

A Successful Busy Monaco Yacht Show

Thank you to everyone that made it to the Viking Maritime Skills Academy (MSA) stand during The Monaco Yacht Show. It is always a pleasure to meet new and current clients, candidates and crew we speak too regularly and ones that want to meet for the first time. The overall atmosphere of the show was very positive, with a great deal of optimism about the future. It proved to be another fantastic and very busy show. An exciting element of this year’s show was the airing of our new promo... More

Mon, 02 Oct 2017

Auckland begins preparation for Americas Cup 2021

With many confirmations surrounding the Americas Cup in 2021 being made, superyachts are beginning to plan their cruise south to time it with this exciting event. Emirates Team New Zealand CEO, Grant Dalton, confirmed that the boat will be the AC75 Class and will be a 75-foot-high performance monohull. The design concepts of which will be published by the 31st March 2018. Greg Kelly of the New Zealand Superyacht Group said “Auckland normally hosts about 30 superyachts over 30m per year ... More

Thu, 28 Sep 2017

Maritime Skills Academy Viking Recruitment sponsor winning GB Blind Sai...

The Great Britain Sailing team flew to Sheboygan on the 9th September 2017 to the Blind Sailing World Championships. Over the 5 racing days, the 4 teams came together to win an overall Gold and defended their world title. Here at the MSA and Viking, we have been keeping up to date with the day by day bulletins and couldn’t be prouder of all 4 teams. They truly deserve this after all the hard work and effort they put into training. Chairman Founder, Dieter Jaenicke said, “It has been a... More

Thu, 07 Sep 2017

Charter boats desperately needed in New Zealand!

With the winning of the Americas Cup in Bermuda in June, once again, New Zealand has caught the imagination of those wanting to explore the country before the crowd’s start arriving over the next couple of years for the next instalment. With sparkling green waters, tucked away sheltered bays, vineyards, active marine volcano’s, hiking, mountain biking, jet boating, diving, fishing, culture, scenery, hobbits and small towns immersed with history, New Zealand is seen as offering the perfect ... More

Wed, 28 Jun 2017

Auckland - The New Darling of Destinations

With the Americas Cup in hand, New Zealand will once again be in the headlines as a must visit destination. You don’t necessarily have to be a hardened yachting follower as the country has more to offer than just regattas. New Zealand’s largest city Auckland is a mixture of vibrant enthusiasm for life and the laid back attitude of the Pacific. Built around a sheltered harbour scattered with islands full of vineyards, cafes and native sanctuaries ensuring the continuation of many of our en... More

Wed, 28 Jun 2017

An Introduction to the Maritime Industry

On Monday 26 June Curriculum Leaders, Head of Year 12, Career Coordinators and Education Advisers from across the county of Kent attended an Open Day at Viking Recruitment’s Maritime Skills Academy (MSA) in Dover, supported by Kent County Council and the Careers and Enterprise Company. Taking place during Seafarers Awareness Week, the Open Day was an opportunity to showcase training and career opportunities within the Maritime Industry. Year 12 students from the Goodwin Academy in D... More

Tue, 30 May 2017

STCW First Aid and Medical Training - Is it enough?

Is any course enough on its own? Liz Baugh, Medical Training Consultant from Red Square Medical, gives her views... My answer would be probably not. STCW First Aid and Medical Care courses are actually really well designed with all the essential topics covered and provide a good solid foundation, but once you return back on board the skill fade has already begun. After 4 or 5 weeks you feel confident, you can remember that to do Basic Life Support you need to push hard on the c... More

Fri, 28 Apr 2017

Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand are heading back to the future

In this day and age the world is becoming “electronic” with product and services found online, at the push of the button. Although this can make a lot of things easier, people and companies become faceless and we lose the very thing that many people have learnt to love - a smiling face that offers help and support when we need it. Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ are bringing back face to face, personal, good old fashioned customer service with a modern twist. “Our clients expect old-fashioned ... More

Tue, 28 Feb 2017

MSA provide STCW training to Save the Children Crew Members

In an effort to provide vital assistance to a growing issue around the world, The Maritime Skills Academy is proud to be able to offer Save the Children crew free STCW Marine Training. Crew members will be passing through the Maritime Skills Academy doors throughout the next month and undertaking the STCW 5 Part Basic Safety Training week to ensure safety and efficiency during all search and rescue procedures at sea. Save the Children’s search-and-rescue vessel saves lives at sea by resc... More

Tue, 07 Feb 2017

MSA brings Crew Security Training to Palma

Maritime Skills Academy (MSA) brings Crew Security Training to Palma #POPUPPALMA Are you a Superyacht Crew Member? Are you in Palma? Do you need Designated Security Duties Course? If you answered YES to all these, then we can help you ... The Maritime Skills Academy will be showcasing its training courses in Palma. We are offering superyacht crew an exciting opportunity to update their portfolio of STCW courses with a complimentary one day MCA app... More

Fri, 03 Feb 2017

Pop Up Office - From Palma to Barcelona, Tarragona and Valencia

Viking is actively increasing our presence this winter along the Balearic coast with a Pop Up office based in Palma from 30 January to 10 March. For the week commencing Monday 6 February Rebecca Adams (Senior Yacht Recruitment Consultant), Katie Thornton (Yacht Recruitment Consultant) and Louise Hunter (Yacht Operations Coordinator) will be travelling from Palma to spend time visiting shipyards and yachts based in a number of key locations along the Balearic coast on the Spanish mainland. Vis... More

Fri, 18 Nov 2016

Royal Seal of Approval

On Tuesday 15th November, The Maritime Skills Academy (MSA) proudly welcomed HRH Princess Royal to view the newly opened Marine Survival Complex and Fire Training Ground. On arrival HRH Princess Royal was welcomed by Dieter Jaenicke, Chairman Founder and his wife, Jill Jaenicke as well as the local civic dignitaries of Dover. She was then guided to the top floor of Viking Headquarters to meet Senior Management including Matthew Jaenicke, Managing Director, Mark Jaenicke, Recruitment HR... More

Wed, 09 Nov 2016

Viking are attending Antigua Charter Yacht Show 2016

Nelson’s Dockyard Marina in English Harbour Falmouth Harbour will be hosting the 55th Antigua Charter Yacht Show. This years show has been extended to cover 6 days from Sunday 4th December to Saturday 10th December. This year all registered yachts will remain on the dock throughout the full 5 viewing days. The additional day is 'Day Sail' day, offering management companies an opportunity to invite visiting brokers to experience a 'micro-charter'. Viking Recruitment and The Maritime Skill... More

Fri, 04 Nov 2016

ISSGMT presents a prize to the Fraser Yacht Captain of the Year

Fraser Yachts Announces Winner of Yacht Management Captain of the Year Award Sunday, 6th November, 2016, Fort Lauderdale Fraser Yachts, the world’s leading full service yachting company, is delighted to announce the winner of the second annual Yacht Management Captain of the Year Award. The award was presented at the Fraser Yachts Dockside Client Soirée on November 4th, held at the Fraser Yachts display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. For over fifteen years Fraser... More

Thu, 27 Oct 2016

Will we see you at FLIBS 2016?

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the "Yachting Capital of the World" will host the 57th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) on Thursday 3rd November to Monday 7th November. The show exhibits ranges from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. A wide variety of boats will be on display including runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, centre consoles, cabin cruisers, flats boats, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catam... More

Tue, 11 Oct 2016

ISSGMT is a global partner with Emirates Airlines

@import url(; @import url(; @import url(; @import url(; ISSGMT Fort Lauderdale’s leading marine travel management company is delighted to be a global p... More

Tue, 06 Sep 2016

Maritime Skills Academy's new partnership with MAST

Maritime Skills Academy is delighted to announce a partnership with MAST, combining their expertise to deliver a full suite of MCA accredited Helideck Safety Training courses. Specialists in global aviation, MAST provides aviation support and training services to clients across the Maritime industry. The exciting partnership welcomes the opportunity to provide a variety of brand new courses: MCA Helideck Procedures Emergency Response, MCA Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO), MCA Helicopt... More

Fri, 22 Jul 2016

STCW Updating Refresher Training Guide - ONLY 4 MONTHS TO GO!

Click here to understand what updating (refresher) training is needed depending on what CoC you hold. The IMO has mandated that Officers wishing to revalidate their STCW Certificate of Competency (CoC) after 1st January 2017 will need documentary evidence of completing the following STCW short courses within the previous FIVE years. Without these in-date certificates Officers will not be able to update their CoC. The courses are: Personal Survival Techniques (PST) Fire Pre... More

Mon, 18 Jul 2016

Maritime Skills Academy excited to release New Launch Date

After the postponement of the much anticipated preview event in June, Maritime Skills Academy is excited to confirm the re-launch will now take place on September 8th 2016. Giving the maritime industry a view of what is on offer at the iconic, state-of-the-art training facility, the Academy, based at Whitfield, Dover, next to the Viking Headquarters, will bring a new high-tech Marine Survival Complex to the maritime sector. The new Complex, incorporating training and conference ... More

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