Minister presents cadet of the year award

UK Cadet of the Year

 

Shipping minister John Hayes has presented the 2016 UK Officer Trainee of the Year award to Robert Bellis, now serving as a third mate on the British Antarctic Survey vessel James Clark Ross.

The award — which is supported by Nautilus — recognised ‘outstanding achievement in academic and professional progress’ by a newly-qualified officer. The Union is part of a judging panel which selects the winner from candidates nominated by colleges around the UK.

Robert studied at John Moores University in Liverpool, gaining a BSc in nautical science as well as his OOW qualifications. Sponsored by the Conway Merchant Navy Trust, he had seatime as a cadet with Hanson dredgers, Arklow Shipping and the British Antarctic Survey.

He became interested in a seafaring career after joining the Sea Cadets at the age of 10 and is now the commanding officer of his local Sea Cadets unit in Ellesmere Port. ‘It is a great honour to receive the award,’ he said. ‘I love working at sea — the responsibility and the variety is fantastic and I hope to go all the way to becoming a master, before moving ashore to work.’