Postgraduate students from the University of Portsmouth, accompanied by principal lecturer Dr. Jonathan Potts, recently took part in a visit to Portsmouth International Port. It was arranged to help broaden their working knowledge of the maritime industry, with a specific focus on operations and sustainability at the port.
The students are currently studying for their master's degree in coastal and marine resource management. The course was established in 1996 and is the longest running course of its type in the UK. Students on the course investigate solutions for conserving our coasts and oceans, and also study Portsmouth's diverse marine environments, wildlife, urban development and maritime heritage.
Once they have completed the course, students can then go on to careers in marine resource policy, the use or development of maritime resources, or the conservation of natural resources of coasts and oceans. The course is also accredited to by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), meaning that it can also lead to a career in the surveying profession.
Portsmouth International Port has already signed up to the government’s 'Clean maritime plan' and hopes to take the lead in becoming UK’s first zero emissions port. The synergy between the port and the subject areas covered on coastal and marine resource management course will play a part in building a closer relationship in future.
An emerging area for the course and wider university is the 'blue economy', which is an emerging concept that encourages sustainable exploitation, innovation and stewardship of our seas and their life-giving ‘blue’ resources. Ports and their related infrastructures are integral to the blue economy, meaning that the visit provided an important and topical addition to the course.
The port visit was the brainchild of Ian Palacio, Business Development Development Manager at Portsmouth International Port and Lisa Tippen, Head of Professional & Maritime Consultancy at London Clancy.
Ian Palacio said: "I'm delighted we had the chance to host postgraduates from the University of Portsmouth. We've got ambitious plans for expansion here at the port, which we want to achieve in the most sustainable way possible. As we continue to grow, we are looking forward to forging closer ties to the university so we can share expertise and good practice".
Lisa Tippen added: "As someone who has worked closely with the port and also attended the University of Portsmouth, it's fantastic for me to see them working together. This initiative will not only provide invaluable first hand insight for students of the maritime industry, but also puts into place the foundations for stronger working relationship in future".