Wednesday, 18th April 2018

Representatives from the UK’s major shipping companies will be at South Shields Marine School on Saturday, April 28, seeking to find the next generation of Merchant Navy cadets.

They will add their expertise to an information-packed Shipping Day at the Marine School, which is one of the world’s leading maritime training centres and based at South Tyneside College.

The event provides people considering a life at sea with in depth details about training options and other aspects of the maritime industry.

Attendees will gain information and guidance from shipping company training managers and the Marine School’s own experts.

The event will run from 10am to 3pm and includes information on a career in the Merchant Navy, information about how companies sponsor cadets during their training, and information on the separate disciplines of deck (navigation), engineering and electro-technical departments.

Gary Hindmarch, Principal of South Shields Marine School, said: “Our Shipping Day delivers the best possible advice to people considering a career in the Merchant Navy.

“With industry experts available, it is the perfect opportunity for them to get the all the help and information they require.

“South Shields Marine School is recognised as a world leader in maritime training and as such enjoys hugely positive relationships with Britain’s major shipping companies.

“As well as helping individuals find out details about a career at sea, the event also helps shipping companies to identify talented people.

 “A career at sea offers many opportunities and possibilities, and I would encourage anyone thinking of working in the sector to attend on the day.”

South Shields Marine School, which is now part of the new Tyne Coast College, is based within South Tyneside College’s Westoe campus in South Shields.

Entry to the event is at the college’s main entrance on St Georges Avenue, with other parking off Grosvenor Road.

Cadets who qualify from the marine school’s programmes work on a variety of vessels in the modern Merchant Navy, which include container ships, cruise liners, ferries, oil and gas tankers, chemical carriers, bulk carriers, cable layers, car carriers and Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels.

Those present at the Shipping Day will also include current cadets, who will provide insight into the training process.

More information on the event and South Shields Marine School’s provision is available by visiting or by calling 0191 427 3500.