North Star Renewables is set to donate more than £25,000 of spare shipping equipment to support next generation of cadets, seafarers and fishermen in the UK as part of its new sustainability programme.
Students at South Shields Marine School in South Tyneside College have become the first to benefit from North Star’s plans to recycle its unused and surplus kit from across its operations.
The educational facility received two outboard engines, control units and manuals to supplement their upcoming engineering courses, AEC I & II/Small Vessel.
North Star Renewables SOV operations director and former South Shields Marine School student Steve Myers said: “As an organisation with a large fleet of 44 offshore vessels and 63 daughter craft, we’re constantly investing in new technologies and replacement equipment to ensure safe and efficient ongoing operations of our vessels for our clients.
“As part of our sustainability strategy, our business is committed to caring for the environment and taking steps to affect positive change in our local communities.
“Donating our redundant equipment straddles both these objectives and I’m particularly pleased to see the South Shields Marine School getting on board first to enhance the learning experience for its students and our next generation of seafarers.”
South Shields Marine School head of school for marine engineering Anthony Bull said: “It was fantastic to hear from South Shields alumni, Steve Myers about donating kit to the school.
“We run a number of courses which involve practical, hands-on experience and the generous donation of real-life equipment means that our students can get up close to the machinery and materials being used by the industry.
“Being able to incorporate this type of equipment into our learning enables us to attract and retain a high standard of students – and set them up for a life ‘at sea’.”
Following on from this initial donation, North Star will continue the relationship with the college, as well as supporting other schools, colleges and universities, and community organisations across the UK looking for similar resources.
The company has a broad range of such equipment ranging from rigid inflatable boats, rescue boats and engines, to ship’s safety equipment, as well as supplies of casting nets which could be repurposed by local fisherman.
In addition, surplus personal protective equipment deck suits from across North Star’s operations have been passed on to the Scottish White Fish Producer Association.