Sir Robert Smith, MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, and George Lyon MEP visited SCI at its Training Academy in Stonehaven.
Launched in July 2013, the SCI Marine Training Academy has the capacity to host more than 5000 people who may which to enhance their skills across a range of marine and safety-related disiplines.
Steve Wells, chief executive of Survival Craft Inspectorate, said: “We’re delighted Sir Robert and George took time out of their busy schedules to visit the SCI Marine Training Academy and find out more about the business and our plans to grow in the North-east and internationally.”
Sir Robert said: “This was a good opportunity to hear and see how Survival Craft Inspectorate is taking a proactive approach to resolve the skills shortage through its own training academy.
‘‘‘It is also good to see the former Maritime Rescue Institute building being used productively. ”
Mr Lyon added: “It was interesting to learn about the high level of training provided to ensure the safe use of life boats by the oil and gas industry and the marine sector.”
Courses include fast rescue craft coxswain, daughter craft coxswain, twin fall lifeboat coxswain and technical training aligned with SCI products.
A davit has been installed on the quayside for lifeboat familiarisation and maintenance courses.