Bibby Line celebrates Trainee Officer of the Year Award

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Jonty TurnbullBibby Line-sponsored Trainee Deck Officer Jonty Turnbull is celebrating being awarded the prestigious Trainee Officer of the Year Award by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

The MCA Officer Trainee of the Year Award is presented each year to a newly certificated officer for outstanding achievements during their training. Nominations are made nationwide by nautical colleges.

Julie Arnold, Training and Cadet Manager from Bibby Ship Management said: “I am really proud of Jonty as he was an outstanding Trainee Officer to mentor throughout his three-year cadetship. He has worked relentlessly and we are proud of the fact that he represented Bibby Line Limited so well. We aim to provide excellent training to all our Trainee Officers to the highest standards and Jonty’s MCA Trainee Officer of the Year Award highlights the fact that we’re on the right lines.”

Sir Alan Massey, Chief Executive of the MCA, will attend the award ceremony which takes place at the Annual Court of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets, today (Wednesday). He said: “Having high-calibre officers is vital to the future health of the UK shipping industry. At the Maritime and Coastguard Agency we are committed to recognising and promoting excellence and are therefore delighted that this year’s award is going to such a deserving candidate. I wish Jonty every success for what I am sure will be a very impressive career.”

Mr Turnbull was deemed a worthy winner by a panel consisting of Admiral Sir Peter Abbott, Captain Nigel Palmer, Kirsty-Nicolle Wright, Captain Jonathan Holloway RN, Martin Coles and Rt Hon The Lord Robertson of Port Ellen.