Nautical training returns to Grimsby-area after 30 years

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 9 Apr 2019

Nautical training is returning to Grimsby after a 30 year hiatus.

Grimsby Institute is to launch Humber Maritime College ahead of the next academic year, providing a full cadet programme for those aiming to enter the Merchant Navy as officers.

It will be delivered at both the Nuns Corner campus and the specialist £7 million Immingham facility, Modal Training, where a state-of-the-art suite of simulators bring the marine environment to the classroom, as well as ‘on-the-job’ at sea with sponsor companies.

They will cover all academic fees for the HND and HNC qualifications and necessary ticketing for the cadetship for engineering officers, with navigation cadets likely to be catered for from 2020.

State-of-the-art simulators model a vessel's engine room at Modal.

Paid by the potential employers, the world will be their oyster, and depending on sponsor, by March they could be sailing to Florida or Felixstowe, Goole or Gibraltar.

Hugh Callaway, pictured below, managing director of the new venture, developed over the past two years, said: “We 

have a history in delivering maritime education and training through our former nautical college in Grimsby and are well positioned to offer our cadets a comprehensive training programme.

“Developed with maritime specialists we will be offering young people from this region and beyond an opportunity to develop a career in the Merchant Navy, a global industry with a long history and an exciting future. The opportunities for a rewarding career at sea are excellent.

“Our long-term aim is to be recognised as a leading maritime college which brings new ideas and innovation to the training of Merchant Navy cadets and others working in the maritime industries.”

Statistics have found 200 young people from the region are travelling to all corners of the country for the training, delivered at six other centres.

State-of-the-art simulators model a vessel's engine room at Modal.

“We want to attract students from this region,” Mr Callaway said. “There is a big demand for marine engineers and it aligns with the skills and knowledge we have in Grimsby.”

The TEC Partnership – the new name for Grimsby Institute Group – together with Modal, has secured Merchant Navy Training Board and Maritime and Coastguard Agency approval for the venture. A cohort of 24 will join in September, with a further 48 in 2020, joined by returning students. They will join the 2,000 plus people already trained by the centre since it launched.

Humber Maritime College will link up with HOTA in Hull for survival training, while also exploring links with Hull Trinity Academy.

The full bridge set-up at Modal. 

An applied learning approach will use classroom, simulator and blended learning activities to immerse cadets in fostering and developing the skills they need to become successful officers.

Gill Alton OBE, chief executive of the TEC Partnership said: “I am delighted with the development of the Humber Maritime College. The opportunities for young people to gain higher education qualifications in a specialist sector whilst being sponsored by shipping companies is an attractive proposition. The UK has an enviable history of providing the best maritime officers in the industry so I am very pleased we will play our part in this in the future.

“The Grimsby Institute previously taught nautical studies so it is good to be able to revive this curriculum and the opportunities it will bring to the area.”

Demand is growing for maritime skills, with Grimsby now the home port to sister SOVs Edda Passat and Edda Mistral. 

Engineering officers are specialists in the operation of maritime vessels, making sure the technical equipment such as pumps, engines and propulsion systems on the ship are safe and working properly.

While recruitment will be handled by specialist training resourcers, an open evening is scheduled for May 1 at Modal, from 5pm to 7pm. The cadetship is open to those 17 and over, with GCSEs of level four to nine in English, maths and science, plus one further subject.

For more information call Mr Callaway on 01469 428449, visit or email

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