Trainee maritime pilots for Port of Cromarty Firth

Tom Feakins and Ben Thomson, Port of Cromarty Firth's latest Pilot recruits Tom Feakins and Ben Thomson, Port of Cromarty Firth's latest Pilot recruits

Port of Cromarty Firth in Scotland, UK has recruited two new Marine Officers (Pilots) to help manoeuver ships in the Highlands’ largest port.

Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, Ben Thompson is described as an experienced ship handler, has worked on various vessels all around the world during his varied career. Starting out as a cadet with Trinity House, he obtained a foundation degree in Nautical Science from Fleetwood Nautical College before progressing through the ranks and achieving his Master Mariner certificate. He joins the Port from his previous post as Master on board the Alert, stationed in South-East England.

Ben Thompson follows Tom Feakins as the second Maine Officer to join the Port’s training scheme.  Tom joined the programme several months ago and recently passed the first assessment on his journey to becoming fully certified. He has worked on ships all over the world during his fifteen-year career.  Before joining the Port, Tom was Chief Officer onboard the SD Victoria. He has an MSc with distinction in Shipping Operations from Southampton Solent University and is also a Master Mariner.

Bob Buskie, Chief Executive of the Port of Cromarty Firth, said: “We are happy to welcome our newest addition, Ben, to the team. His diverse career has spanned nearly a decade and we are looking forward to watching his progress.”

The Port of Cromarty Firth has been involved in developing an apprenticeship scheme as part of a Ports trailblazer group. The scheme was launched by the British Ports Association (BPA) to encourage UK Ports to plan for the future and invest in traineeships to attract more people into the industry.

By Jake Frith

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