Graduation plain sailing for Connor

Release Date: 31 October 2016

Having gained HNC petroleum engineering Connor Nicoll now has his sights set on a career in the merchant navy.

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Connor Nicoll (picture: Ron Cathro)

Connor cut a dash in his Deck Cadet uniform when crossing the Caird Hall stage during D&A College awards ceremony.

The 19-year-old secured a place with Pritchard-Gordon Tankers, currently training to become a deck officer in the merchant navy.

Splicing his college award with experience gained volunteering with Dundee maritime charity, Taymara, where he gained marine qualifications, made Connor an ideal choice for a company which specialises in transporting crude oil and refined products, such as kerosene or petrol, through environmentally sensitive areas.

“I chose to study HNC petroleum engineering, as it focused on the offshore oil and gas sector, as well as introducing aspects of shipping and marine industry – where my career aspirations lay,” said the former Craigie HS pupil.

“Gaining HNC petroleum engineering demonstrates a keen and developed understanding and knowledge in terms of tanker operations as well as ‘dangerous cargo’ procedures.”

Connor is currently training in Newcastle but is looking forward to a career aboard the company’s fleet of purpose-built, shallow-draft, double-hull tankers which ply their trade principally in the Caribbean, and around Central and South America.

“D&A College allowed me to develop my knowledge and understanding of the offshore and maritime sector, and subsequently gave me the confidence and motivation to pursue a career at sea in the merchant navy,” said Deck Officer Cadet Nicoll.