Press release

Minister Awards MCA's Trainee of the Year

The “hard work and dedication” of a 25-year old Merchant Navy officer cadet has been recognised.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Jonty Turnbull of Blackpool and the Fylde College, who was serving on-board the Foreland Shipping-owned vessel, MV Hartland Point, is the 2014 winner of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s (MCA) Officer Trainee of the Year Award.

The award will be presented at Haberdashers Hall, London, by the Rt Hon John Hayes MP, Minister of State for Transport, who said, “I am delighted to attend the ceremony tomorrow. It is so important that we celebrate these achievements, not just for the individuals involved, but to ensure we all share in the pride and grow through the success of all the winners. The esteem in which the UK maritime sector is held worldwide is itself a celebration of our maritime heritage - past, present and future.”

The award aims to encourage and recognise quality within the maritime industry, which is hugely important to the UK economy, contributing around £14 billion per year. An essential component of the UK’s success in this sector are the excellent maritime training programmes available to new seafarers.

Nominations are made by nautical colleges alongside the trainee’s Sponsoring Company. The winner is decided by a panel of judges, which includes representatives from the MCA and other industry figures.

The Master of the MV Hartland Point, Captain Kevin Foulkes, said: “I am delighted that Jonty Turnbull has been recognised for this award, which is very well deserved. Jonty has currently stepped up to do the Second Officer role for a period of time and has taken this very much in his stride. He continues to impress colleagues with his hard work and dedication to the job.”

In its citation, the judging panel said that they were “very impressed with Jonty and his achievements” and that, “his drive and enthusiasm for the Merchant Navy really stood out.”

Julie Arnold, Training and Cadet Manager from Bibby Ship Management said: “I am really proud of Jonty as he was an outstanding Trainee Officer to mentor throughout his three year cadetship. He has worked relentlessly and we are proud of the fact that he represented Bibby Line Limited so well! We aim to provide excellent training to all our Trainee Officer’s to the highest standards and Jonty’s MCA Trainee Office of the Year Award highlights the fact that we’re on the right lines.”

Sir Alan Massey, Chief Executive of the MCA, will attend the ceremony. He said: “Having high-calibre officers is vital to the future health of the UK shipping industry. At the Maritime and Coastguard Agency we are committed to recognising and promoting excellence and are therefore delighted that this year’s award is going to such a deserving candidate. I wish Jonty every success for what I am sure will be a very impressive career.”

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Published 14 October 2014