V.Ships Glasgow speaks to the next generation of shipping

Friday, January 10 - 2014

The V.Ships Glasgow office recently welcomed a class of local primary school students on a visit to learn about the world of shipping.

Group Director of Ship Management, Matt Dunlop led the project which gave students from the P6/7 class of Saracen Primary School a chance to learn about the vast array of exciting and interesting opportunities in the shipping industry as well promoting a positive message about the value of working hard and aiming high.

Matt was supported by RS&Q Manager Mike Bradshaw and Group HR Manager Diane Gillan, while Business Systems Trainer Emily Parsonage helped to coordinate the students visit to the office.

People from different areas of the business took time to speak to the children about a wide variety of ship management issues: Head of Seafarer Training Alasdair Ireland & MS&Q Superintendent Waqas Salman presented a talk on 'Navigation and a Master's Job', Fleet Superintendent Syed Rizvi & Technical Controller Richard Tyson explained 'What a chief engineer does', Head of Finance Operations  Eddie McDermott & Assistant Finance Manager Ross McDonald spoke to the students about 'Finance and looking after your money', Group Security and Network Manager Walter Wilson delivered a talk entitled 'Communications around the globe and how it is done,' and Senior Crew Officer Sharron Spalding & Business Development Executive Elaine Turnbull discussed 'Crewing and the Haiyan Typhoon' with support from V.News Editor Rachael Simpson.

As part of an on-going relationship with the school, the students were asked to take part in a competition to design the 'Vessel of the Future' using information they had gleaned on their visit to the office. The team from V.Ships Glasgow office had the tough task of selecting the best 12 designs to create a calendar. RS&Q Administrator Kate Russell put the calendar together which the school plans to use as a fund raising tool.

The futuristic designs included imaginative ideas such as rocket engines, pirate defence systems, navigation fish, and futuristic computers.

The response from students has been extremely positive with notable quotes which illustrate we have created interest in the industry for our young visitors:

Charlie Gilfeather, who designed the ship 'The Captain Nemo' which features on the January page of the calendar said: "My favourite part of coming to visit the office was definitely learning about the ships and about how they get the cargo on the vessel and how it travels. It was loads of fun and none of us had really thought about working in shipping when we are older before but then we went to V.Ships and we learned lots. I would like to go into the shipping industry."