A CHARITY which helps keep seafaring traditions alive has a new man at its helm.
Mark Tiffin, from South Shields, has been appointed head of the Northumbria Unit of the Maritime Volunteer Service.
Mr Tiffin, a 3rd officer in navigation with shipping company Maersk Line, will be assisted by Angela Carrington, who runs a photography business in Newcastle.
The MVS is a uniformed, voluntary organisation, founded in 1994 with full charitable status under the patronship of HRH Prince Michael of Kent.
It has more than 30 active units spread around the UK coastline at major port and river areas, with more units planned.
The Northumbria Unit is based at Newcastle Business Village in Benton, but also uses meeting spaces donated by the Mission for Seaman at South Shields and South Tyneside College.
In addition, afloat training takes place from St Peter’s Marina in Newcastle’s east
The aim of the MVS is to keep the country’s maritime traditions alive and uses practical training in seamanship, small boat handling, engineering and communications to achieve this.
The unit has a 21ft Delta RIB which can often be seen on the river.
Mr Tiffin said: “I’m looking forward to building up a strong unit in the area, membership is open to both men and women irrespective of ethnic origin or disability from the age of 18 and new members are always welcome – no experience necessary as we will train them.”
For more information on the MVS, see the website http://www.mvs-northumbria.org.uk for contact details