PILOT SCHEME: Nick learns the ropes on the Thames as port author­ity’s first trainee in new scheme

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - RECRUITMENT & BUSINESS -

Twenty-five-year-old Nick Evans from Chatham is the first re­cruit for the Port of Lon­don Author­ity’s (PLA) new Marine Trainee scheme which is re­spon­si­ble for safety and other key mat­ters on the Thames from the sea through to Ted­ding­ton. The new scheme at the PLA in Gravesend not only de­vel­ops the wide range of marine skills needed on the Thames in the 21st cen­tury but also aims to de­velop po­ten­tial fu­ture marine man­agers. Nick has started the first stage of the three-year train­ing course, the first two years of which are an in­ten­sive two-year train­ing pro­gramme on PLA craft in nav­i­ga­tion skills, marine and port op­er­a­tions. The fi­nal third year will in­volve more spe­cialised train­ing in key ar­eas of PLA ac­tiv­ity in­clud­ing har­bour mas­ter ac­tiv­i­ties, pi­lotage, port con­trol cen­tre work and op­er­a­tional sup­port. Dur­ing this time, he will work all along the 95 miles of tidal Thames from Ted­ding­ton in west Lon­don, through cen­tral Lon­don and out to the Thames Es­tu­ary. At the end of his train­ing, which will also in­clude a pe­riod at col­lege, Nick will not only have a prac­ti­cal marine qual­i­fi­ca­tion but also a wide un­der­stand­ing and knowl­edge of the PLA, the Thames and the Port of Lon­don. “We are very pleased that Nick has joined us as our first new Marine Trainee and he has al­ready made an ex­cel­lent start,” said Ju­lian Parkes, who helped de­vel­oped the new PLA marine trainee scheme.” The Port of Lon­don Author­ity is re­spon­si­ble for nav­i­ga­tional safety and re­lated mat­ters pro­vides nav­i­ga­tional, pi­lotage and other ser­vices for users of the Thames. Lon­don is one of the top three ports in the UK and han­dles over 50 mil­lion tonnes of cargo each year. The Port com­prises over 70 in­de­pen­dently owned and op­er­ated ter­mi­nals and port fa­cil­i­ties at dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions on the Thames which han­dle a wide range of car­goes.

Nick Evans is the new trainee at the Port of Lon­don Author­ity in Gravesend

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