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The 30 Hour Diesel Engine course is now being offered by the Scottish Maritime Academy, the nautical arm of North East Scotland College (NESCol) in Peterhead. The course is a new requirement as part of the Unrestricted Seafish Under 16.5m Skipper’s Certificate. Up to 10 delegates will have the opportunity to gain both theoretical understanding and practical experience of diesel engines. The course runs from 11th April and is being funded by Seafish and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency.

Fishermen are encouraged to take advantage of this course in light of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch’s 2012 Annual Report which states that machinery failures account for by far the greatest number of reported accidents concerning fishing vessels. It mentions that fishermen need to develop better knowledge of mechanical issues and maintenance procedures if the level of machinery failures is to be reduced. The report acknowledges that whilst it can be expensive to service and maintain machinery to ensure in-service reliability, the cost involved in towing or escorting vessels back into port following a breakdown can be significant.

Simon Potten, Head of Safety and Training at Seafish comments, “Only commercial fishing vessels with a propulsive power of 750kW and above are required to carry certificated Engineer Officers, but every fishing vessel needs at least one person trained in engine and machinery operation and maintenance. This course is approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as being fit for that purpose.”

The course will be held in the Marine Engine workshop at Fraserburgh Campus and will cover: the compression ignition engine; engine cycles; fuel system; combustion process; cooling system; lubrication system; electrical systems; power transmission and hull fittings.

Linda Hope, Centre Manager of the Academy, adds, “The Scottish Maritime Academy is delighted to be able to deliver this Seafish-funded course which is open to all skippers and crew. Applicants for this course must meet specific criteria and should contact me for further details.”

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