All smiles for prize-winning sea cadet Ross

Ross Sinclair receiving his award from Captain George Sutherland.

NAFC Marine Centre merchant navy cadet Ross Sinclair has received the Nautical Institute Prize, which is awarded annually to a first-year deck cadet for showing “excellent endeavour and achievement”.

Ross had missed out on receiving his award at the NAFC’s prize-giving ceremony in May as he was leaving China en-route for the Philippines on board the Falmouth Bay, a bulk carrier in the K-Line fleet.

After returning home last week Ross, from Cunningsburgh, was presented with the prize by Captain George Sutherland on behalf of the Shetland branch of the Nautical Institute.

He was chosen after proving to be a particularly able student, passing all assessments first time and having “no difficulty” with any subject. He was often found to be explaining particular concepts to classmates and always has a “friendly, happy demeanour”.

Since starting his deck cadetship in September 2014, he has clocked up eight months and one week of sea time, mostly in the Far East before signing off in Portland, Oregon last week.

Ross will return to sea shortly, hopefully on either a gas carrier or container ship, to complete the remainder of his sea time before returning to the NAFC in April 2017 for his final exams – leading to his officer of the watch qualification.