Embarking on the MV Hrossey provided senior pupils from Aberdeen Grammar school with an insight into key shore-based and on-board roles at NorthLink Ferries.
Senior pupils and their teachers from Aberdeen Grammar School visited Northlink Ferries and the MV Hrossey to provide real-life context to their Travel & Tourism studies. During their trip pupils met a variety of different personnel, culminating in a visit to the bridge to meet the captain.
The session showcased the different roles involved in the safe and smooth operation of Northlink Ferries, as well as highlighting the lifeline service that the ferries provide for the Orkney and Shetland islands. Pupils were shown course charts, digitalisation and state-of-the-art shipping equipment. They also learned about the impact that poor weather conditions or maintenance schedules can have on the islands and tourism.
A tour of the ship incorporated visits to the sleeping pods, recreation areas, cabins, on-board cinema and restaurants, and accessible facilities. A closing presentation outlined the routes into various roles into the organisation, as well as the training required to become an able seafarer.
"Organisation and tour guide were brilliant. So much relevant information and having the visual experience of being on board the ship was invaluable."
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