Advice for marine students hoping to set sail on career in Merchant Navy

An internal of the marine school's full mission bridge simulator.
An internal of the marine school's full mission bridge simulator.
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People hoping to set sail on a career at sea will be given a helping hand in South Tyneside.

Major British shipping companies are heading to South Shields Marine School to offer guidance on getting into the Merchant Navy at an action-packed Shipping Day.

Gary Hindmarch, Principal of South Shields Marine School.

Gary Hindmarch, Principal of South Shields Marine School.

The representatives are seeking deck, engine and electro-technical cadet officer recruits to sponsor and employ during and after land and sea-based training.

The companies enjoy close relationships with the marine school, which is part of South Tyneside College and carries out training on their behalf.

It runs specialist programmes that get new cadets ship-shape for well-paid and fulfilling lives on the ocean waves.

Marine school principal Gary Hindmarch said the event, from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, February 6, offers the best possible advice.

Our Shipping Day gives people contemplating a career with the Merchant Navy the information they need.

Marine school principal Gary Hindmarch

He added: “We are the UK’s oldest maritime training centre and enjoy expertise that is second to none.

“We have worked closely with the biggest and best shipping companies for many years and our programmes train people to the high standards they demand.

“Our Shipping Day gives people contemplating a career with the Merchant Navy the information they need. They can speak to our own experts and those from the shipping companies to learn about this most exciting and challenging of careers.”

The marine school, which was established in 1861, is based within the college’s Westoe campus in South Shields, with entry on Grosvenor Road.

Call 0191 427 3500.