Seafaring in safety: working on the Maritime Skills Academy in Dover


Photo: Viking Recruitment

At Darren Evans Assessments, we’re ready to start work on our latest new project: BREEAM and sustainability assessments for a state-of-the-art maritime training and conference centre.

The new Maritime Skills Academy in Dover, Kent, will provide safety and sea survival training for all maritime workers. From 2017 onwards, all seafarers will be required to undergo more intensive initial training, as well as refresher courses every few years.

Of course, sea survival training requires a realistic environment, which can be quite a challenge indoors! The Academy will include a sea survival centre with wave pool and weather simulator, as well as a specialist fire fighting unit. The building will also house simulator equipment, conference and training rooms, kitchens, a restaurant, and a coffee shop/bar, all for maritime hospitality training.

Maritime training agency Viking, the enterprise behind the project, have said that not only will the centre raise the profile of maritime careers, it will also boost the local economy, as trainees stay in hotels and B&Bs close by.

Darren Evans said, ‘This is an exciting project to be a part of. We have assessed many buildings in our combined 20 years of BREEAM experience, but nothing quite like this!’

We’re looking forward to being involved in such a significant and unique project, and will keep you updated as construction progresses.


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