NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI - In an exciting proof of concept, Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI) recently completed the first of what will be several innovative new programs this season aboard the Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry (OHP). Working under a new operational model, which promises to utilize the ship in diverse and creative ways beyond long-distance voyaging, OHPRI provided six days of hands-on experience to nine participants in the Rhode Island Marine Trade Association’s (RIMTA) Pre-Apprenticeship Program while the ship was in winter layup.
"Partnering for the first time with OHPRI has allowed the RIMTA Marine Trades Core Training Program to introduce its participants to an array of industry-specific training topics that will provide them with employable skills” said RIMTA Executive Director Brian Dursi. “While the ship is undergoing maintenance during a yard period, the students are learning about marine coatings, propulsion systems, hydraulics, AC/DC wiring, rigging and safety. This has been a great opportunity to utilize the resources of Rhode Island's Official Tall Ship to introduce Rhode Islanders to the career opportunities in the marine industry within the state."
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