Funded engine course for fishermen

Fishermen are encouraged to take advantage of this course
Fishermen are encouraged to take advantage of this course

A 30-hour Diesel Engine course is now being offered by the Scottish Maritime Academy in Peterhead.

The course is a new requirement as part of the Unrestricted Seafish Under 16.5m Skipper’s Certificate.

Up to 10 delegates will have the opportunity to gain both theoretical understanding and practical experience of diesel engines.

The course will run from Monday, April 11, and is being funded by Seafish and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency.

Fishermen are encouraged to take advantage of this course in light of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch’s 2012 Annual Report which states that machinery failures account for by far the greatest number of reported accidents concerning fishing vessels.

It adds that fishermen need to develop better knowledge of mechanical issues and maintenance procedures if the level of machinery failures is to be reduced.

The course will be held in the Marine Engine workshop at the Peterhead campus and will cover: the compression ignition engine; engine cycles; fuel system; combustion process; cooling system; lubrication system; electrical systems; power transmission and hull fittings.

Simon Potten, Head of Safety and Training at Seafish, said: “Only commercial fishing vessels with a propulsive power of 750kW and above are required to carry certificated Engineer Officers, but every fishing vessel needs at least one person trained in engine and machinery operation and maintenance.

“This course is approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as being fit for that purpose.”

Linda Hope, Centre Manager, said: “The Scottish Maritime Academy is delighted to be able to deliver this Seafish-funded course which is open to all skippers and crew.

“Applicants for this course must meet specific criteria and should contact us for further details.”