Hello from the North East

19th June 2008, 10:42
Hello to everyone,

I am currently waiting to start my Foundation Degree studies at South Tyneside College this coming september. I am being sponsored by North Star Shipping, which as I understand it, is part of the Craig Group, via SSTG. Being 23 I am a little older than the average (so I am told) student on the courses, however I must admit I am looking forward to it.
Being from Middlesbrough - not the biggest seafaring town the world has ever seen - my experience of the shipping industry is very limited, having spent that last 6 years in the Regular and Territorial Army, both as a Private Soldier and latterly a Lieutenant commanding a troop of Artisan Specialists.
However, having completed a year long deployment to Iraq in January last year, I feel that I am ready for a change in circumstance and role.
My motivation to work with North Star (intially at least) is that I have a 5 year old daughter and as such, the month on, month off rota would seem to be too good to pass up on, further to that, on reading the various online publications, and if the newspapers are remotely accurate, it would seem that the company is going to be expanding more and more over the coming decade. However, my military service has taught me never to take anything as it seems on first sight, so any top tips, advice or any other comments in particular would be of enourmous help, and greatly recieved.

Many thanks in advance.


K urgess
19th June 2008, 10:45
Welcome aboard from East Yorkshire, Ben.
A very interesting introduction and I'm sure some of our crew will have their opinions and advice as well as guidance.
Find your way around the ship and you may find some answers yourself.
Best of luck and enjoy the voyage (of discovery).

19th June 2008, 11:03
Welcome aboard from the Philippines. Enjoy all this great site has to offer. Sure there will be some advice for you soon.

Burned Toast
19th June 2008, 12:02
Welcome onboard from Sunderland Ben, Regarding North Star Shipping at present they have a expanding new build program, They do have some old vessels but they are being replaced by new ones. They have Supply Vessels and Standby Vessels plus one Survey Vessel. If you go onto their web page you will fond all the info you require. Best of luck at South Shields and safe sailing when you get your first job working 28 days on/off in the North Pond.(Thumb)

Bruce Carson
19th June 2008, 12:34
Ben, from Michigan, a warm welcome to Ships Nostalgia.
I think you'll receive some good advice from our members.
Best of luck in your studies and for your future career.


19th June 2008, 12:40
You'll find that, historically, the Boro was a very big seafaring town indeed, but its decline in shipbuilding is mirrored in its decline in its seafaring. Your perception of Middlesbrough not being a seafaring town is a sad reflection of this. There are many Boro folk on this Forum, or from nearby, so you're among friends.

Frank P
19th June 2008, 14:55
Welcome onboard Ben, enjoy the site.

Cheers Frank

19th June 2008, 18:52
Greetings Ben and welcome to SN. Bon voyage.

Pat McCardle
19th June 2008, 19:32
Another greeting from Sunderland. As Burned Toast states, North Star are building new ships, far more advanced to what they previously had & now in the supply & survey game too so things can only get better for them & the crews who sail with them? Best of luck.

20th June 2008, 20:55
Welcome from Lancashire and best withes with your career. I see you have already had some useful comments.



Sister Eleff
20th June 2008, 23:29
Welcome Ben from Australia and thank you for the time you spent in Iraq. It's a brave step you are taking, to change careers and I admire you for it, especially when you have a young family to consider (Applause) Good luck & enjoy the site.

24th June 2008, 11:34
Thankyou everyone for your kind welcome and the further information you have provided.

I will be sure to post again when things develop further.

Many thanks once again