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There has been a steep increase in the number of people required to transfer from vessel to platform and a significant recent development has been Renewable UK (RUK) and Global Wind Organisation (GWO) – the industry bodies responsible for safety – formulating a single programme, Marine Safety Training (MST) that provides the skills to work safely within this field both in the UK and worldwide.

The two-day accredited MST course provides the basic training and competence required for those intending to work in the offshore wind energy sector, addressing the significant health and safety issues.

In marine training it is more than confident that existing standards are being met and new regulations implemented.

STATE-OF-THE-ART KONGSBERG FULL MISSION BRIDGE SIMULATOR These refinements and advances in their extensive programme of training complement major improvements to facilities, boosted to a high degree by a multi-million pound upgrade last year which included the installation of a state-of-the-art Kongsberg full mission bridge simulator.


A £3.3m programme of classroom and workshop development of marine workshops and associated classrooms will increase the marine school’s capacity for engineering and technology training, including welding certifications, in the years ahead.


South Shields Marine School is a leading provider of training to industry, as evidenced by its recent work with Green Port Hull, in which it successfully delivered navigational assessment and study on the impact of the £165m Green Port Hull project.

Green Port Hull is a landmark moment for the Humber region, promising re- generation and the creation of around 1,000 jobs - 550 at the blade factory and 450 at Green Port Hull.

The marine school re-modelled the 3D geographical area and developed suitable wind turbine installation vessels for the trials, after being approached by ABP Humber. This allowed ABP and Siemens to run berthing manoeuvres as well as full river estuary transits, in order to identify any potential problem areas.


Paul Hodgson, Technical and Projects Manager at South Shields Marine School, said: “We are delighted to have been working with ABP, supporting them and partners Siemens with this project.

RESPONDING TO INDUSTRY NEEDS For example, it has responded to major revisions of the STCW, otherwise known as the Manila amendments whose new requirements include training in modern technology, leadership, management and teamwork and piracy awareness.

South Shields Marine School also inspires people to specialise by learning specific skills through training in such areas as electrical maintenance and marine installation and controls, which includes instruction in basic control theory.

“South Shields Marine School is a leading provider of training and technical support to industry, as evidenced by our recent work with Green Port Hull, as well as FRSU Jebel Ali, Dubai Supply Authority, Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors Consortium, Henry Abrams and the Aircraft Carrier Alliance.

“Our simulator facilities allowed us to 3D model the port area and a suitable vessel, capable of manoeuvring within Green Port Hull and installing wind turbines.

“These simulation exercises allow the berth designs to be fully tested at the planning stage, prior to construction commencing.” 63

MEETING ROUND 3 REQUIREMENTS Green Port Hull is planned to be operational to meet Round 3 requirements in early 2016. The start of production at the blade factory is scheduled to be in the middle of 2016 with full production levels reached from mid-2017 onwards.


South Shields Marine School has had a long and fruitful relationship with the Humber and Hull.

Paul commented: “We have a commitment to the Humber region, providing ongoing training and work for other operators using the river.

“We have worked on many different projects on the Humber over the years. These include trials for Immingham Outer Harbour, Humber Sea Terminal, Able UK, Humber Bulk Terminal and the Grimsby Outer Harbour Car Carrier Terminal which came into service last year.

“As well as Pilotage Training, we work with other Port users, such as P&O Ferries and Cobelfret/ Euroship Sevices. We have modelled ships for both these companies and they regularly send Masters and Mates to us for Shiphandling and Tug Assistance training.”

IMPRESSIVE PROFESSIONAL APPROACH Gary Clay, a Humber Pilot and Principal Consultant at Extremis Marine, said: “As a long-term customer of South Shields Marine Schools’ Simulation Centre, we are continually impressed with their innovative and professional approach to projects.

“With a wealth of simulation knowledge from a dedicated team of backroom and lecturing staff they are one of the few simulation centres in Europe to offer an all-round package with ‘in-house’ area and vessel modeling coupled with state-of-the- art simulation suites and briefing rooms. A first class centre for marine simulation.”

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