Wraps taken off Maritime Academy

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Banff and Buchan College officially unveiled its new Scottish Maritime Academy on Friday last week.

Based at Peterhead’s Lido, the new base houses the latest equipment and facilities to launch, support and develop careers within the maritime industry.

The site saw major investment by the college with a £1million refurbishment just completed.

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

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

The academy was officially opened by Aberdeenshire Olympic gold medal winner Tim Baillie.

Banff and Buchan College principal Paul Sherrington said: “We were delighted when local hero Tim Baillie agreed to participate in today’s events. Tim is an inspiration and a role model to the future generation of how it is possible to achive your goals, despite encountering obstacles along the way.”

After the ceremony, dignitaries and guests were taken on a tour of the academy and saw the top of the range £250,000 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 and are part of the Maritime Coastguard Agency qualifications and bespoke company requirements.

The college purchased the building, formerly Peterhead Maritime Heritage Centre, from the council in 2011.

The refurbishment has taken a year in both planning and delivery.

The Scottish Maritime Academy has over 200 current students and the college recently awarded the cafe franchise to Symposium, which will open to the general public today (Tuesday).