Gaining Deck Watchkeeper Experience | Broome Indigenous Trainee & Cadet Partnership Program

Advanced Standing Deck Cadet David Oxenham is currently on board the 750 PoB semi-submersible accommodation vessel ‘POSH Arcadia’, which provides vital accommodation for Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility. The POSH Arcadia is currently located 475km north-north east of Broome, Western Australia.

Onboard POSH Arcadia

The POSH Arcadia crew has welcomed David on board and is committed to assisting Australian Indigenous seafarers like David gain vital operational Deck Watchkeeper experience. POSH Arcadia is a DP3 accommodation vessel joined by gangway to the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas facility which once operating, will extract, liquefy and store gas at sea, before offloading it for export around the globe.

At 22 years old, David, a Malgana man from the Yamatji Nation began his offshore career fishing at the Montebello Islands and has been working on or near the ocean ever since. David is now following his dream to become an internationally qualified Deck Officer.

Gaining insight into different roles and responsibilities

Thus far on board POSH Arcadia, David has been familiarising himself with the bridge equipment and gaining an understanding of the different deck roles and responsibilities of the deck team in simulated emergency situations.

“Although I am still in the initial stages of my understudy, the bridge crew on board POSH Arcadia have been enthusiastic and included me in the execution of mates duties, giving me a true insight to the important role of deck officers”.

Atlas Captain Mick has been impressed with David’s positive and enthusiastic start to the understudy program and how David has quickly fitted in with the ASV Bridge Team.

About the project

  • Client: Shell funded collaboration with KT Martitime Services Australia and Atlas Professionals
  • Project Duration: 9 July 2018 - 1 December 2020
  • Location: Broome, Western Australia
  • Services: Indigenous Trainee and Cadet Partnership Program
  • Contact: if you would like further information about this partnership or have a berth available for a Deck Cadet or Trainee Integrated Rating please contact Lauren Jakson,

On behalf of Shell & KT Maritime we would like to thank POSH for providing a training berth and supporting this successful Indigenous Trainee & Cadet Partnership Program.