College to unveil Maritime Academy

Banff and Buchan College will unveil its new centre of maritime excellence on Friday with the help of Olympic Gold medallist Tim Baillie.

The Scottish Maritime Academy, overlooking Peterhead Marina, has undergone a £1 million facelift and houses the latest equipment and facilities to launch, support and develop careers within the maritime industry.

More than 120 members of the nautical industry, business community, council representatives and current students will attend the official opening to celebrate this exceptional learning facility.

This nautical hub will be a key player in serving the fishing industry, the offshore oil and gas and offshore renewables sectors, the Merchant Navy and the leisure market.

College principal, Paul Sherrington, said: “We were delighted when local hero Tim Baillie agreed to participate in todays events.

“His achievements in his sport, with his partner Etienne Stott, are remarkable - a testament to hard work, commitment, sacrifice and sheer talent.

“Tim is an inspiration and a role model to the future generation of how it is possible to achieve your goals, despite encountering obstacles along the way.”

Aberdeen-born Tim Baillie, together with Etienne Stott, claimed Britain’s first ever gold in the Men’s Canoe Slalom (double) event.

After the ceremony, dignatries and guests will be taken on a tour of the Academy, which now carries the new logo, and see the top of the range £250K full marine bridge simulator in action.

The Transas simulator allows students to become skilled in all aspects of ship handling and covers a multitude of skills which the students have to have which are part of the Maritime Coastguard Agency qualifications and bespoke company requirements.

David Cook, assistant principal (Business and Skills), Banff and Buchan College said: “This investment signifies our commitment to serving the needs of the maritime industry. We look forward to expanding in the years ahead to meet the demand from local and international companies.”

He added: “The College purchased the building, formerly Peterhead Maritime Heritage Centre, from the Council in 2011 after a period of tennancy. The refurbishment has taken a year in the planning and delivery and we are thrilled wth the results. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us during this time and those who may have experienced any disruption.”

The Scottish Maritime Academy has over 200 current students and further information on courses can be obtained by emailing sma@banff-buchan.ac.uk