Best deckhand is rewarded for efforts

The graduates from the recent Scottish Maritime Academy course.
The graduates from the recent Scottish Maritime Academy course.

Peterhead Port Authority presented the Best Trainee Deckhand 2013 award to Scottish Maritime Academy student, Uisdean Morrison last week.

The Trainee Deckhands programme is a 12-week course designed for new entrants into the fishing industry and the Merchant Fleet.

Uisdean (26), from Sutherland, was nominated for this award by course tutors. He was commended for his attitude, application and competency across both the theoretical and practical elements of the programme.

The award was presented by Stephen Paterson, chief financial officer and John-George Buchan, board member of Peterhead Port Authority.

Uisdean said “I’d like to thank the tutors and staff of the Scottish Maritime Academy for all their support.

“The Academy is a great facility –I’ve been trying for the last two years to get on this course and I’ve had a brilliant time.

“Now I have this qualification I want to undertake career in anchor handling - first I need to accumulate sea time in the standby vessel sector.”

Uisdean explains how the fishing industry seems to be in in his blood. “When I left school at 16 I went straight into fishing but after a couple of years I was persuaded to focus on learning a trade via a joinery apprenticeship.

“After four years though I still felt the call of the sea so I managed to secure work on a crabber boat before being accepted for this course.”

Linda Hope, centre manager said “I would like to express my thanks to Peterhead Port Authority as our sponsor.

“This invaluable relationship has meant that we have been able to provide Personal Protective Equipment and survival suits for all new entrants.

“It has also enabled us to purchase a reconditioned life raft which has become an integral part of the safety training we provide.”