11 November 2012

Scottish Maritime Academy Hailed as Tremendous Boost for Peterhead and Buchan Economy

Local MSP Stewart Stevenson and Peterhead South councillors Stuart Pratt and Stephen Smith have hailed the opening of the new Scottish Maritime Academy on Friday as a tremendous boost for Peterhead and the Buchan economy.

The SNP MSP and councillors attended Friday’s official opening of the facility which was performed by Olympic Gold Medallist Tim Baillie.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

“This is a stunning new facility which underlines the strong commitment to the future of the fishing and maritime industry of operators Banff & Buchan College.

“I congratulate Principal Paul Sherrington and all those involved in bringing this major project to fruition.  I’m in no doubt it will prove to be a very valuable asset indeed.”

Chair of the Buchan Area Committee on Aberdeenshire Council Cllr Stuart Pratt commented:

“This is tremendous for Peterhead and the wider Buchan economy.  The Scottish Maritime Academy is already attracting students from overseas who are spending money in local hotels and businesses during their stay here for their course.

“As the reputation of the Academy and the state-of-the-art facilities it provides grows, I am confident we will see more and more interest from overseas students wishing to study in Peterhead.”

Peterhead South SNP councillor Stephen Smith added:

“It’s a fantastic facility and there is a real buzz about the facilities and the potential the Scottish Maritime Academy offers to further cement Peterhead’s role as Europe’s premier fishing port.”

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