Academy pupils join crew for ship tour

The academy pupils are pictured during their recent visit to the Toisa Vigilant.'Contributed photo
The academy pupils are pictured during their recent visit to the Toisa Vigilant.'Contributed photo

PUPILS on Montrose Academy’s maritime skills course were given a first-hand look at life on board ship recently when they visited the Toisa Vigilant at Montrose Harbour.

They were welcomed by Captain Ken Whittle and his crew who gave the boys an insight into careers and opportunities available in the maritime industry, giving them an idea of how diverse the sector can be.

It also informed them about some of the different skills that parent company Sealion Shipping looks for in prospective employees. They were given a tour from the helicopter deck right down to the engine room and store crew members took time to explain their different roles and how these fitted together to form an effective team.

The Maritime Skills course aims to give the boys opportunities for personal achievement and provides practical, hands-on learning outwith the classroom in relation to the maritime industry.

It covers topics such as seamanship, the maritime environment, employability skills and careers as well as health and safety.

Many pupils were struck by the ship’s sheer scale and complexity - as well as the impressive standard of the crew accommodation.

Teacher Richard Bandeen said: “The academy would like to thank Sealion Shipping and the crew of the Toisa Vigilant for their welcome. It was their enthusiasm that ensured the pupils got the most from their visit.”