NZMS Logistics Graduation 2017

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Some of the 90 graduates from the New Zealand Maritime School logistics courses during 2016-17.


“Logistics is New Zealand ‘s invisible industry. It is everywhere but you never get to see it”- this was the message from the new Dean at the New Zealand Maritime School, P1120614(1) editedBo Samuelsson, shown at right, speaking at the 2017 logistics prizegiving ceremony in Auckland last week.

Logistics qualifications opened the doors to so many industry opportunities, he said. Today, there were logistics graduates right around the world handling shipping of products for shipping companies or freight terminals, managing producer supply chains, managing operations in freight yards or container terminals, working P & I insurance, and working in manufacturing businesses with export markets.

“There is tremendous variety, and opportunities,” he said. “But it is all logistics, including protection and security, and communication, which helps you build those important relationships which will last for your entire life.”

Mr Samuelsson said he had spent 45 years working in logistics in some form or other, and he had established friendships and relationships with people all around the world. He had been to 50 or 60 different countries during his working life, and had built relationships with freight operators in those countries – relationships which extended beyond just a business connection.

“They are my friends for a lifetime. Our business is so dependent on communication and connections, and can open doors into some fascinating environments and some really interesting opportunities and jobs.”

Mr Samuelsson has a background in the logistics sector, having qualified at maritime college in Sweden, been at sea for several years, and worked in freight and IT development with Ericson and Nokia before coming to New Zealand. He worked for 15 years with Hamburg Sud in management and IT, managed a RORO Terminal in Tasmania, and was operations manager at the Port of Lyttelton.

Mr Samuelsson stressed that experience and qualification in logistics opened doors for all graduates, both nationally and internationally.

“The only limits you have are those you put on yourself,” he said. “With logistics, you are in it for life. It never lets you go, but it provides unique opportunities for you – managing freight for IKEA into Africa? – Working as a dispatcher in the Middle East? Wherever you want to go, build those relationships and doors will open for you!”

About 40 graduates received their graduate certificates at the prizegiving. Including double recipient Akevai Ravinesh, who received her Diploma in Shipping and Freight, and the Diploma in Supply Chain Management which she achieved in a single year – as well as having a baby!

Special prizes were awarded to Jesse Te Iri Haturini (Cosco Award for Certificate in Logistics); Indana Lo Tam (Swire Shipping Award, Diploma in Shipping and Freight); Akevai Rakenish (Quadrant Pacific Award, Diploma in Shipping and Freight); Selena Wang (NZ Shippers Council Award, Diploma in Supply Chain Management); and Alexander Litvinov (NZ Shippers Council, Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain & Shipping Management).

Special guests attending the graduation ceremony included Linda Collins (Cosco); Peter Turley (Shipping New Zealand); Vivien Young (In-Transit), Glenn Coldham (CBAFF), Vijay Todkay (GS1); Tonille Crombie (NZ Shippers Council), Joanne McCahill (China Navigation Co), Tony Spelman (China Navigation Co), John Robinson (Shipping New Zealand), and Julian Joy, (Navskills Ltd).

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Jesse Haturini, right, receives her prize from Linda Collins, Customer Service Manager at Cosco Line at the NZMS prizegiving. Jesse received the award after achieving a high overall performance on the Certificate of Logistics course.  NZMS graduate of the Diploma in Supply Chain Management, Selena Wang, at right, receives the New Zealand Shippers Council prize from Tonille Crombie at the 2017 Graduation ceremony. Alexander Litvinov, at left, receives the NZ Shippers Council Award for Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain and Shipping Management students from Tonille Crombie, at the 2017 Graduation.
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Akevai Ravinesh receives the Quadrant Pacific prize for the Diploma in Shipping and Freight, for strong academic achievement, particularly in port agency, from Joanne McCahill, representing China Navigation Co, at the NZMS Graduation ceremony. Swire Shipping is a strong supporter of NZMS.  Tony Spelman, above left, made a presentation of the Swire Shipping Award to Indana Lo Tam, who unfortunately was not present at the ceremony. NZMS lecturer Vaughan Lovelock accepted the award on Indana’s behalf. The NZ Maritime School is located on the Auckland waterfront, holding a prime position as a maritime training institute, overlooking Auckland port and harbour.


Previous Graduation Nights:

2011 Graduation

2010 Graduation

2009 Graduation

2008 Graduation

2007 Graduation