Hugh Baird College last week welcomed Commodore Gary Doyle, Naval Regional Commander for Northern England & the Isle of Man, to the site of their new Port Academy Liverpool development.

Before viewing progress on building work and the development of new facilities at the centre the Commodore met with staff and students and shared his thoughts on careers both in the Armed Services as well as the wider maritime sector.

The facilities at Port Academy Liverpool will enable young people and employers from across the city region to access maritime training and the Commodore spent time discussing future partnership working between Port Academy Liverpool and the Royal Navy with Hugh Baird College Principal and Chief Executive Yana Williams.

Also included in the Commodore’s visit was the opportunity to view the unveiling of plans for the building’s impressive new centrepiece, a seven and half tonne anchor that has been kindly donated by the Royal Navy with the support of industry giants Cammell Laird.

“I am delighted that the anchor will find a home in Bootle at Port Academy Liverpool. The Liverpool city region, and in particular Bootle, has a longstanding connection to the sea and the River Mersey is part of the DNA of this town. The dedication of the anchor to seafarers past, present and future is a fitting reminder of the importance of the sea in our region and one that I am sure will resonate with the next generation.”

The anchor belonged to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel RFA Fort Victoria which recently undertook a £47 million refit at Cammell Laird.

College Principal, Yana Williams said:

“The Port Academy Liverpool development here at Hugh Baird College promises to ensure that we are best placed to provide education and training to support the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) SuperPort growth targets.”