A North Shields company is helping train sea rescuers from their jointly-owned academy in Scotland.
Maersk Training has provided two new emergency fast rescue craft at Stonehaven harbour.
The handover marks the restart of Maersk programmes at the newly opened Maritime Training Academy, owned by its Aberdeen-based partners Survival Craft Inspectorate (SCI).
The two companies have entered into a ten year agreement aimed at establishing the facility as a world-leader in the training of boatmen and coxswains in the use of fast rescue craft.
Stuart Cameron, UK managing director for Maersk Training, said: “Companies in the oil and gas sector can be assured the academy offers first rate training facilities.
“The North Sea around the Stonehaven coastline provides the sternest test for fast rescue training.”
Maersk Training will offer a wide range of courses from the academy including fast rescue craft boatman, fast rescue craft coxswain, daughter craft coxswain, twin fall lifeboat coxswain and technical training associated medical courses.
Mr Cameron added: “With all the fresh investment that has now taken place we are returning with great confidence and vigour in the knowledge that out of that sad period we have seen the development of a world class facility for the oil and gas sector and one that the community of Stonehaven can be extremely proud of.”