For the third year in a row, a group of students from Ampleforth College made a visit to Teesport. The group of 16 students arrived at the Seafarers’ Centre where AoS Port Chaplain Tony McAvoy gave an outline of the work with seafarers before showing the visitors what the Centre had to offer.
After viewing the Teesport Induction DVD and being issued with temporary passes, the group was taken to visit a large bulk carrier which was berthed at the Redcar Ore Terminal discharging a cargo of coal newly arrived from Australia. Here the students listened intently as Dave the Wharf foreman who was on duty at the time, explained how the activities at the berth were co-ordinated, the time scales involved and the significant tonnages of cargo being discharged,
After lunch, arrangements had been made to take the group to visit the brand new roll-on, roll off ferry ‘Bore Song’ where they were made very welcome by Capt Jan Knip. He showed the group around the accommodation area, and on to the bridge, where the students were able to ask questions and get a great view across the dock from this high vantage point. Next the group was able view the Engine Room.
The students expressed their thanks at the end of the visit for what they described as an interesting and informative day.