Any initiative that helps improve safety at sea and the betterment of the skills set of seafarers in reacting to emergencies is very welcome.
To me, the risk of fire onboard a ship at sea always concentrated my mind when taking part in fire fighting exercises, to ensure they were as realistic and challenging as possible. I was, therefore, pleased to hear that MRS Training (formerly known as Mines Rescue Marine), in partnership with Fire Aid, have announced the launch of the Solent Marine Safety Academy.
The new Academy, the first Marine Safety Academy in the UK, is a joint project between the two specialist marine training companies, Fire-Aid Academy Ltd and MRS Training & Rescue. The project has now been completed and was officially opened at a launch party on Friday 6th October, by Mr Steve Clinch, Head of the Marine Accident Investigation branch.
The aim of the new Academy is to provide a comprehensive package of safety training to the marine and associated industries, in a unique environment on the water at Hythe, Southampton. The training ground is designed on a floating pontoon with a student accommodation block, a firefighting area on the deck of the pontoon, and specialist enclosed space training inside the hull.