Man and Boy – Matt Horton celebrates 40 years in the marine industry

Date posted: 16/01/2015

Matt Horton, Development manager at Clyde Marine Training, this month celebrates 40 years working at sea and within the marine industry.
A timeline of Matt’s career makes interesting reading to any new trainee about to enter the Merchant Navy:
·         Nov 1974 - After being accepted by BP Shipping as an Engine Room Boy Matt took his seaman’s medical at the Glasgow Pool on the Broomielaw
·         Jan 1975 - Matt’s Merchant navy career officially started when he attended “The Prince of Wales Sea Training School” in Dover until May 1975  to complete his pre-sea training
·         Joined his first ship the MV British Trust on the 5th July 1975 in Emden Germany as Engine Room Boy
·         April 1976 - Promoted to Junior Ordinary Engine Rating
·         Late 1976 - Attended Liverpool to sit his EDH and then joined the VLCC British Scientist as a GP3.
·         1979 - moved from BP Shipping to BP Exploration and started his 13 years in the North Sea firstly on board the Sea Conquest and then the Sea Explorer which was built on the Clyde at Scotts Lithgow
·         During this time he served as Marine Roustabout, Drilling Roustabout, Roughneck, Pumpman and Crane Operator.  On his discharge book he was always stamped as AB
·         1992 – Made redundant by BP Exploration, which saw Matt join Sea Containers, the new Fast Ferry Seacat Scotland from Stranraer to Belfast the first fast ferry on the Irish sea, and also sailed on  busiest international seaway in the world between Dover and Calais
·         Sailed as AB and Bosun, Second Mate and Chief Officer, whilst also attending Glasgow Nautical College to obtained his Chief Officer COC
·         2004 - Matt then spent 2 years as Marine officer with Sea Containers working in such places as Sunderland, Newhaven, Tilbury, St Malo, Rijeka, and Piraeus.  This time was mainly spent in dry docks and Type Rating officers and crew for Fast Ferries
·         2006 - Matt joined Clyde Marine Training as a Training Officer and was delighted to be able to pass on his experiences to cadets coming into the marine industry.  
Matt now holds the position of Development Manager within Clyde Marine Training with responsibility for managing the day to day running of Clyde Uniforms, STCW short courses and Clyde Safety.
When asked to comment on reaching the 40 year milestone, Matt commented: “I look forward to another 10 years at least in the Marine Industry where I feel I have given little but taken a lot.”
Congratulations Matt

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