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10 updates you might have missed from the Marine Management Organisation in August 201810 updates you might have missed from the Marine Management Organisation in August 2018
Added: 11 Sep 2018
In August 2018 the MMO celebrated the diverse life in our seas, encouraged people to take care of their beaches, took part in an historic event and provided updates on enforcement activities.

Learn more about the recent work of the MMO via the External Link below.
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The Nautical Institute updates its support for CMMar awardThe Nautical Institute updates its support for CMMar award
Added: 10 Sep 2018
The Nautical Institute has signed an updated administrative agreement in support of the Chartered Master Mariner (CMMar) programme – a new professional maritime standard.

The agreement, signed by the Master of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners, Captain Rob Booth, and the Chief Executive of The Nautical Institute, Captain John Lloyd, has been refined to establish clarity of requirement for UK and international applicants and to ensure administrative support and record keeping continue to be delivered by The Nautical Institute.

The CMMar award serves to recognise mariners who have benefited the maritime industry, enhanced their professional capabilities and demonstrated a willingness to help others.

Before an application for Chartered Master Mariner status will be considered, the applicant must demonstrate that they hold, or have held, the highest level of maritime command qualification that their State is legally able to issue. The programme has been designed in this way so that the path to completion thoroughly tests and proves those who aspire to achieve the award.
Highland marine supervisor becomes one of just 24 harbour masters in UKHighland marine supervisor becomes one of just 24 harbour masters in UK
Added: 24 Aug 2018
The Press and Journal
by Alistair Munro
August 11, 2018

A Highland marine supervisor has become only one of 24 people in the UK to be awarded ‘Harbour master’ status

Graham Grant has worked at the Port of Cromarty Firth in Invergordon for 33 years, and is one of a team managing the harbour’s water-borne operations.
He has become one of only 24 people in the UK – seven in Scotland – to have been awarded a Harbour master’s Certificate by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Graham, from Invergordon studied for two years to gain the certificate.
This involved providing 13 units of evidence-based work, which was assessed by two serving harbour masters.

This was followed by a gruelling face-to-face interview with two other harbour masters, where he was intensely questioned on the work already completed.

The course units covered all aspects of port operations including planning for and managing port marine emergencies and periods of disruption, managing marine conservancy responsibilities, operating a safe pilotage service and managing port vessel traffic.

He said: “I’m a great believer in life-long learning and I appreciate having an employer who is forward thinking in their approach to allowing someone with 33 years work experience to continue to learn.

“I had to fit the studying into my free time, with tight timescales, so juggling a busy job, family and this course made for a gruelling two years, but it has been all worthwhile.
“It is very gratifying to know that you are only one of 24 people in the UK with this certificate.”

The married father-of-two added: “The team at the Port have been hugely supportive of my studying and I look forward to working with other members of the team to support them through this qualification in the future.”

Captain Calum Slater, general manager of the Port of Cromarty Firth, said: “We are delighted to have another qualified harbour master at the Port.
“Graham’s achievement is a perfect example of continuous professional development and the culture of learning that we have at the Port. He has come through an extremely rigorous experience with flying colours.

“We hope that our new marine officers will learn from Graham’s experiences and will choose to apply for the course in the coming years.”
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