Harbour working revealed to pupils

Pupil Gavin McGeoch is pictured as coxwain at the helm of the Eileen May.'Contributed photo
Pupil Gavin McGeoch is pictured as coxwain at the helm of the Eileen May.'Contributed photo

MONTROSE Academy’s maritime skills class continued its foray into the working of the shipping industry with a visit to Montrose Port Authority.

The 11 pupils were welcomed to the control room by honorary archivist John Aitken, who gave them an insight into how visiting ships are co-ordinated.

Mr Aitken explained how the authority provides or arranges through agents most of the port’s services including 24-hour pilotage, refuelling, waste removal and fresh water.

The authority aims to provide a one-stop berth for offshore support vessels, providing open storage, office accommodation and more than 10,000 square metres of warehousing.

It is responsible for the development of the offshore supply base and has successfully combined both commercial and offshore operations, giving great flexibility to its customers.

The boys’ visit was rounded off by Captain Tommy Hutchison and Bryan Robbie of Montrose Marine Services, who took them for a trip on board the Eileen May. The vessel is a decommissioned Severn Class lifeboat, used for offshore survey work and data collection.

Teacher Richard Bandeen said: “The academy would like to thank harbour master Captain Brian Forrest and his staff at Montrose Port Authority, and Montrose Marine Services, for all they have done for the Maritime Skills Course.”