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Former Scottish Maritime Academy student Frazer Smart, aged 24 from Turriff, was awarded the Peterhead Port Authority Trainee Deckhand of the Year 2018 trophy earlier this week. The twelve week programme, designed for new entrants into both commercial seafishing and the merchant fleet, runs three times during the academic year and Frazer was selected by lecturers as the best overall student.

John Forman, Peterhead Port Authority Harbourmaster, presented the award to Frazer at the Academy.

Frazer explains, "I joined the Trainee Deckhand course following several years within the engineering industry and a short stint as a joiner. I’d thought about a career at sea years ago and I heard about this course from lots of guys who had been through it and managed to get good jobs afterwards. So I applied and put in a lot of effort and I’m really chuffed to get Trainee of the Year - I have to give a lot of credit to my lecturers who have been brilliant.”

On completing the programme Frazer was offered employment with Sentinel Marine and he has just returned from his first trip out to sea as a deckhand on a standby and supply vessel.

He says, “You never know what it is really going to be like at sea until you’re out there - but I’ve really enjoyed it. I am part of a crew of 12 and I am using lots of the information that I learnt on the courses on a daily basis. My Chief Mate was surprised by how much I knew given I had never been to sea before.

“I am eager to learn and plan to go all the way aiming for Officer of the Watch – if you put the effort in and you are keen then anything can happen.”

Linda Hope, Centre Manager added, “This is a well-deserved award for Frazer. Thanks must go to Peterhead Port Authority who is an invaluable supporter of this course. The continued sponsorship provided by them enables us to run this programme with added value elements including the provision of mandatory safety certificates. On completion the trainees have all the necessary qualifications to work at sea in fishing and the majority required for the standby and supply sector.”

The trainee deckhand programme covers stability, vessel construction, communication, maritime safety as well as practical Efficient Deckhand skills. On completion individuals receive certificates in STCW Personal Survival Techniques; Security Awareness; Personal Safety & Social responsibilities; Elementary First Aid plus the Seafish Basic and Basic Health and Safety Certificate.

Natalie Fitzpatrick, Senior Crewing Officer at Sentinel Marine comments, “Upon interviewing Frazer at the Scottish Martime Academy, he made a very good impression. He was keen to break into the industry and had the drive and determination to succeed and stated early on that he wanted to progress his career through the ranks and become Master one day.

“Upon completion of his first voyage Master Mogens Karllson gave him a very good first appraisal quoting ‘This is Frazer’s first trip at sea and he has continually shown willingness to learn and act as a team member fulfilling all tasks given to him. Overall he has performed very well in all tasks’. We are delighted to have Frazer sail within our continually expanding fleet and look forward to watching and support him progressing his career at sea.”

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