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Dutch courage for Portlethen -based SCI

Derek Sinclair, chief executive of Survival Craft Inspectorate, and, right, Jos Lems, Head of Global Sales at Survival Craft Inspectorate

Derek Sinclair, chief executive of Survival Craft Inspectorate, and, right, Jos Lems, Head of Global Sales at Survival Craft Inspectorate

Portlethen-based Survival Craft Inspectorate (SCI), has announced it is to open a 12th office in Holland.

Headed up by Jos Lems, who has more than 25 years’ experience in the maritime sector, the company’s new operation in Rotterdam, Holland, is targeting turnover of £1m by the end of its first year.

The launch of a new office follows on from the opening of the Survival Craft Inspectorate Training Academy in July.

The company invested more than £500,000 to develop a site at Stonehaven Harbour previously occupied by the Maritime Rescue Institute (MRI). It will be the focal point for a range of maritime courses.

The SCI Marine Training Academy is expected to annually host around 5000 students seeking to enhance their skills across a diverse range of marine and safety-related disciplines.

The MRI base was forced to close its doors in February following the severe storms that hit the area, and SCI was delighted to have acquired the site – and to be honouring its maritime past.

A davit has been installed on the quayside for practical coxswain training sessions. Courses available at the academy will include fast rescue craft coxswain, daughter craft coxswain, twin fall lifeboat coxswain and technical training aligned with SCI products.

 

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