Maritime experts in South Tyneside have hailed their role in making the North East the UK leader in high level skills training around a new ‘highway code’ of the planet’s coldest seas.

Their work at world-leading South Shields Marine School means it is the first and only centre in the land to develop training which verses ships’ officers and crews in all aspects of the Polar Code.

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Daring teenage television show host Danny Murphy created a tremendous splash when he took the plunge to film an episode of his latest challenge series at South Shields Marine School’s Marine and Offshore Safety Training Centre (MOST).

Danny, who has born deaf and uses British sign language to converse with his audience, underwent thrills and spills in front of the cameras for CITV’s new DareMaster show.

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South Shields Marine School’s award-winning 3D modelling team is rewriting history – but it could take some time.

To keep pace with technology, the team is upgrading computer files which hold details of their ground-breaking work in ship and port digital modelling from more than 20 years.

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South Shields Marine School’s Principal has hailed the success of a ‘virtual’ recruitment day on Saturday, November 28, which saw 130 would-be mariners sign-up for careers at sea.

Simon Ashton said he was thrilled so many people had committed their futures to the Merchant Navy from an event which connected his team to a global audience via an online portal.

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Maritime expert Simon Ashton has brought his career full circle by being named the new Principal of South Shields Marine School.

Simon, 46, began his training as an ambitious cadet at the marine school – the world’s oldest purpose-built maritime training centre – in 1993.

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South Shields Marine School’s experts are sparking an international fire safety collaboration into life in Africa.

They have provided vital technical know-how that is helping Kenya’s navy build its first specialist fire-fighting training centre.

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Crucial fire safety expertise has been saved in the North East after South Shields Marine School stepped in to employ experts made redundant with the closure of a specialist training unit.

The Marine School plans to bring in-house the training for Merchant Navy and offshore oil and gas workers that it previously contracted to Impeller Assurance & Resilience, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service’s commercial partner.

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Seafarers taking courses at South Shields Marine School have been buoyed by the introduction of new technology to help them beat the coronavirus pandemic.

Those from as far afield as the Middle East and India are now able to access high-quality lessons online – ensuring lecturers can continue to deliver key learning all year round.

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South Shields Marine School is going ‘virtual’ to help would-be seafarers navigate the stormy waters of coronavirus to launch their careers.

Staff will be online between 10am and 2pm on Saturday, November 28, via a virtual portal to relay in-depth information about life in the Merchant Navy.

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