Scottish Maritime Academy student Adam Smith from Buckie was presented with the Best Trainee Deckhand 2014 Award by John Forman, Harbour Master, of Peterhead Port Authority last week.
Adam received a trophy and a cheque for £300 during the presentation in Peterhead.
Adam, aged 23 from Buckie, was nominated for this award by course tutors.
He was commended for his attitude, commitment and attainment across both the theoretical and practical elements of the programme.
The Trainee Deckhands programme is a 12 week course designed for new entrants into the fishing industry and the Merchant Fleet.
He said: “I chose a career at sea because there seemed plenty of ways to progress whilst travelling the world.
“I originally applied for this course because it offered all the relevant starting skills and knowledge to work in the offshore industry.
“I thoroughly enjoyed all 12 weeks, particularly the practical work as I’m a hands-on person and find that I learn quicker by getting stuck in.”
Adam will now join Vroon Offshore Services after the academy set up an interview.
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.
The centre has also invested in a new life raft thanks to the sponsorship.