The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has issued a marine information note, highlighting the extension of the UK Government’s Maritime Training (SMarT) Fund by up to three months.

Specifically, this financial support assists maritime cadets during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. In light of the above, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency commented: “As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact on cadet training, the MCA plans to extend its support by a further three months (up to six months in total) for those cadets who are unable to complete their training and obtain their Certificate of Competency (CoC) within the allotted 150-week SMarT funding period.”

The funding will enable cadets to remain sponsored and to develop relevant knowledge and skills through online learning.

This three-month extension of SMarT Covid-19 funding can be claimed for cadets who are unable to complete their training and obtain their CoC within the allotted 150-week period because a delay has occurred in taking an MCA oral exam or an MCA written exam because the exams were unavailable due to Covid-19; a delay has occurred in completing STCW safety courses as they were unavailable due to Covid-19; or a delay has occurred in obtaining sea service due to the non-availability of ships.