Ships officers sail through training

Cadet trainee officers at Brinsworth Academy of Engineering, with tutor Keith Thacker, left, together with, on the right,  Mark Fortnum, General Manager of BP Maritime Services and Vickey Knight, from Brinsworth Academy of Engineering.
Cadet trainee officers at Brinsworth Academy of Engineering, with tutor Keith Thacker, left, together with, on the right, Mark Fortnum, General Manager of BP Maritime Services and Vickey Knight, from Brinsworth Academy of Engineering.
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They’ve been all at sea at Brinsworth Academy of Engineering – in the best possible way.

The Rotherham-based training company has been playing host to Cadet Trainee Officers from Singapore-based BP Maritime Services.

The BP subsidiary runs the company’s international fleet of oil tankers and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers and employs around 1,000 seafarers worldwide.

It chose Brinsworth to deliver a tailor made two-week engineering course to give the trainees, who hope to become Deck or Engineering Officers, the hand fitting skills they will need on board ship.

Brinsworth’s Paul Reeves said: “Working with BP is a major coup for Brinsworth Academy of Engineering. For us to be able to provide crucial training to these Trainee Officers who will be fulfilling vital highly skilled engineering roles is a great accolade.

“Following the success of this course we are looking forward to building on the content to assist future trainees from BP.”

Brinsworth account manager Vickey Knight added: “We worked hard with the management team at BP and we are delighted that we were able to assist them with this bespoke package”.

Deck Officers are part of the team responsible for navigation and care of the ship’s cargo, while Engineering Officers are responsible for maintaining and operating the ship’s equipment.

Most of the cadets, who are aged between 18 and 24, have been studying at Blackpool & Fylde College’s Fleetwood Nautical Campus, but two, from Poland, had been studying at Gdynia Maritime University and Warsash Maritime Academy, which is part of Southampton Solent University.

The course was supported by BP’s Maritime Services General Manager, Mark Fortnum, who flew in from Singapore to check on progress of the trainees.

On the course trainees use a range of precision hand fitting skills to produce high quality work pieces in line with standards set by BP.

In addition, torque training was provided to gain the skills to meet the requirements of the tightening of specific fasteners in the oil industry.