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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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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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 has enhanced its status as a world-leading training centre through a £300,000 new generation systems upgrade.

Its world-class bridge simulators, on which seafarers learn their trade via cutting edge ship modelling and 3D visuals, now run on Norwegian technology firm Kongsberg’s latest K-Sim maritime software.

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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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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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South Shields Marine School and the 3rd South Shields Sea Scout Group have formed an official partnership, paving the way for Explorer Scouts to embark on a career at sea by enrolling on the pre-cadetship programme offered at the marine school.

This unique partnership offers practical experience to the sea scouts, who have already enjoyed visits to the award-winning simulation centre and survival facility at Marine Offshore Safety Training Centre on Wapping Street.

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