DELEGATES from across mainland Europe will descend on South Tyneside as part of a major conference highlighting cutting edge marine technologies.
South Shields Marine School, part of South Tyneside College, will help co-ordinate the prestigious three-day event by Kongsberg Maritime, a leading designer and maker of hi-tech equipment for the maritime, oil and gas and defence industries, which has bases in 25 countries.
The conference will see about 160 delegates from dozens of simulation training centres and shipping firms across Europe – including Russia – visiting South Tyneside later this year to learn about the company’s latest advances.
This will include delegates touring the facilities at the borough marine school, in St George’s Avenue, South Shields, which has one of the world’s most advanced marine simulators.
Each year, Kongsberg selects a partner to help host its European conference and this year the college – which has a long-term maintenance contract with the company, and uses its specialist equipment –- was chosen.
Last year, the marine school reopened following a multi-million pound upgrade, which saw Kongsberg full mission bridge simulators and full mission engine room simulators installed, providing students with state-of-the-art training facilities.
Paul Hodgson, the marine school’s technical and projects manager, said: “To be chosen by Kongsberg is a real feather in our cap.
“We are a flagship partner to Kongsberg, and we send a delegation to its conference every year. It’s always a very interesting and stimulating event and last year was no exception, when the event was held at Maersk Training’s Svendborg site in Denmark.
“This year, those same representatives will be coming here, which is very important to us.
“They will have access to our facilities, and will be able to experience at first-hand some of the great work that we do.”
The conference will run from September 24 to 26.