27 July 2015
Georgia Atkins is our Merchant navy trainee star, just completing her course at Warsash Maritime Academy in Southampton. We filmed her learning firefighting, automatic bridge controls, first aid, and RIB work. But also, thanks to Suzanne Galloway at the Academy press office in Southampton Solent University, we were able to take Georgia and some fellow students to the Academy’s Timsbury Lake, where ship’s officers learn about handling the huge ships of the 21st century – using scale models that mimic precisely the sea-keeping qualities of the real thing. Georgia is literally following in father’s footsteps – her dad was in cruise ships. She had her wow moment when she went to sea with him and watched a cruise ship captain taking his giant ship across the ocean. It clicked for her, and goes on clicking. See the film at https://www.youtube.com/user/
Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.
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