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What we have to offer

Here at South Shields Marine School, if you’re looking to upskill in your current job, or seeking new professional marine opportunities, we can tailor courses to suit the needs of you as an individual or your organisation.

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The Merchant Navy is a specialised industry that is fully engaged in commercial activities involving the transportation of cargo and passengers through sea routes and as leaders in the maritime industry, research and development, and innovation is at the heart of everything we do.

The maritime sector is growing significantly, from working at sea or in a port, to cleaning the oceans of plastics or designing a superyacht, maritime is big business. With the sector expected to double in size to $3trn by 2030, we need the next generation of innovators and problem solvers to join the industry and help shape the future of the world we live in [Maritime UK].

For example, Bridge Team and Crew Resource management courses increase safety awareness and improve communication between the bridge/shipboard team, especially important during emergency situations on board. Other courses can put the candidate in a better position for promotion etc.

We can provide:

  • Tailored training programmes dependent on the business or individual training needs to ensure training is up to date in the commercial world.
  • Advanced research and development to enable clients to see the scope of their project, from start to finish
  • 3D modelling to prepare clients for ultra-realistic training scenarios
  • STCW refresher training to ensure delegates are up to speed with certification


We are the one-stop shop for all your training needs and our courses are designed:

  • To meet industry criteria
  • Increase safety awareness
  • Gain the skills required to upskill in all maritime professions
  • To meet MCA criteria for Merchant Navy Training
  • Ensure training programmes are up to date in line with current legislation

To stay at the forefront of our sector, we consistently invest in new technology and research, which ensures we are primed to always meet the ever-evolving needs of those seeking new training and the companies which operate in the maritime industry.

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South Shields Marine School can accommodate bespoke training on request, which includes Port Marine Pilot and Port Marine Operations Officer Apprenticeships.

Specialist Training

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“The Merchant Navy Training Board works closely with South Shields Marine School on seafarer education and training requirements and delivery of courses and training programmes. 

The college offers high-quality MCA and MNTB approved maritime cadetship courses.

From the delivery of training programmes and the promotion of career pathways, we are delighted to work with South Shields Marine School as part of the UK-wide vision to provide the best seafarers for the Merchant Navy, now and in the future.”

Kathryn Neilson
Merchant Navy Training Board
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