Solar Solve Marine’s chairman, John Lightfoot OBE was once again delighted to be presenting awards sponsored by the company to 3 of this year’s outstanding students at South Shields Marine School. The successful graduates were Ismail Al Riyami – Oman Shipping (BEST ENGINEERING WORKSHOP STUDENT); Chris Howard – Chiltern Maritime (BEST ETO WORKSHOP STUDENT) and Harry Wright – Pritchard Gordon Tankships (BEST NAVIGATION STUDENT).
The very well attended Academic Awards Ceremony took place on Thursday 11th July 2013 at the riverside located Customs House venue in South Shields and was a great occasion for the 127 students who graduated from 8 courses and their very proud family and friends.
After the presentation an excellent speech was given by Terry Cornick, ceo the Maersk Company, congratulating the students and all of their supporters and assuring them that by being involved with the marine industry meant that they were in a position to take advantage of one of the best career opportunities that would be available to them. He was also of the opinion that their first move should be to go to sea to get first hand experience of what it was all about and to learn some very important and very useful life skills that will really set them up for a successful long term future within, or even outside of, the marine industry.
Diplomas were presented to all of the graduates by South Tyneside College’s principal and ceo, Lindsey Whiterod in what proved to be a really well organised and very happy event.
Everyone who was involved should be congratulated on helping to make it the success that it was.
Top Image – Harry Wright, from Hull, was unable to attend the formal ceremony to receive his prize for Best Navigation Student but John was able to present it later, outside the new Marine School entrance at South Tyneside College.