Contribution to Safety Award

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This award will recognise the contribution to safety at sea of one of the following:

a) A UK- or Ireland-based skipper/owner who continually implements the full range of MCA regulatory recommendations and requirements on a vessel and has encouraged a crew to go an extra step in adopting safe working practices at all times in 2016
b) A product, idea, ‘issue-specific’ campaign, or safety training programme launched between January and December 2016, that has significantly improved the safety of UK or Irish fishermen in their day-to-day business

*Please note that voting has now closed. Results will be announced at our Awards ceremony on May 25th*


NAFC Marine Centre (Scalloway)

The NAFC Marine Centre provides training and carries out scientific research relevant to the maritime industries, which are of vital importance to the local economy. Training covers fishing, aquaculture, the merchant navy, and marine and shore-based engineering, and courses are available for all ages and levels of experience from school upwards. Students come from throughout Shetland, but also from other parts of Scotland and the UK.

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RNLI: Fishing Safety Team

Co-ordinator Frankie Horne and the RNLI Fishing safety team do a superb and vastly underrated job in underlining the importance of PFDs and personal safety at sea. In addition to meeting individual skippers and crews all over the UK, the team regularly carries out training sessions with new entrants to the industry. A recent addition to the training available includes cold water shock training, which is very well-received by everyone who experiences it. “This is a lesson learnt. I don’t always wear a jacket but will now. Previously, if it was a fine day I wouldn’t, but I certainly will from here on in. It’s taught me an invaluable lesson.”

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Scottish Maritime Academy (Peterhead)

Overlooking Scotland’s largest port of Peterhead, the Academy offers a full range of tickets for commercial fishing and funding support. Training is available for new entrants and those who wish to refresh or develop new skills. Over 20 stand-alone short courses are available plus Merchant Navy courses. With small class sizes and excellent teaching facilities, the success rate of its students is exemplary.

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Whitby and District Fishing Industry Training School

Achieving success against a background of a port whose fishing industry has undergone radical change is impressive. The pastoral ethos of this company sees young, 16-24 year-old apprentices undergoing life-changing experiences, completing their training to become mature, confident and safety conscious; able fishermen who promote and support sustainable commercial fishing in their local communities.

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