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Students celebrate achievements

NINE students proudly accepted awards for their academic achievements at the NAFC Marine Centre’s 20th annual prize giving on Friday.

Prizes were presented by Captain George Sutherland, the former chairman of the Commissioners of Northern Lighthouses. 

The nine prize winners were:

•Liam Cumming from Burra, Northern Lighthouse Board (Deck Cadet) prize;
•Derek Spence from Unst, Northern Lighthouse Board (Engineer Cadet) prize;
•Liam Gray of Buckie, Class 1 Fishing (Deck Officer) prize;
•Robert Williamson of Whalsay, Jeanette Williamson prize for Class 2 Fishing (Deck Officer);
•Gilbert Hutchison from Whalsay,  Forbes Watt prize for Navigation, Merchant Navy;
•Robert Anderson from Bixter, Bells Nautical Trust prize for outstanding effort by a deck cadet;
•Grant Masson of Fraserburgh, North Star Shipping award for outstanding effort by an engineer cadet;
•David Leisk of Orkney, Clyde Marine Training – Engineering prize as the company’s best sponsored engineering cadet; and
•Fraser Leask of Scalloway, NAFC MC Engineering Modern Apprentice of the Year and the who served his apprenticeship with Sodexho Pollution Response at Sella Ness. 

Fraser Leask was unable to attend and the award was accepted on his behalf by Dave Diamond of Train Shetland.

Captain Sutherland said:  “It is a privilege to be involved in launching the latest group of talented young people on their first voyage. 

“The NAFC Marine Centre has an enviable record in attracting and training young people for a life at sea, which still provides many opportunities for energetic and ambitious youth.  I wish them well and look forward to watching their progress in years to come.”

The ceremony had been postponed from its usual date in December due to the severe winter weather at the time.