Did You Know?
Properly harvested, algaculture (growing algae at sea) could provide a good proportion of our biofuel needs and perhaps replace some fossil fuels.
The North Sea is one of the windiest places on earth, which makes it a good place for wind turbines and wave power. The largest wave farm in the world is currently being developed a few miles off the coast of Orkney.more »
Voyages of Discovery
Education tools to help you learn more!
While the world sleeps, giant container ships longer than football pitches plough the oceans to bring us food, clothes and gadgets.
The world would be a very different place without seafarers and the ships they crew.
Oil tankers, container carriers, fishing trawlers and cargo ships bring us food, clothes, computers and raw materials.
Find out all about these vessels that seafarers call home as they work the icy North Sea or sail the lonely waters of the Indian Ocean.sign up »
If you were Captain of a Royal Navy destroyer under attack, would you handle the pressure?
Even when an emergency gives them seconds to think, crews are trained and experienced enough to do the right thing.
Sign up for Daring Dispatches and find out why the ships and sailors of the Navy stay cool under pressure!sign up »
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Oceans of Opportunity!
The sea has always been a subject of great interest for me from an early age. We’re an island nation with a wealth of natural resource, and as a keen recreational yachtsman, I frequently experience the awesome natural power of the waves and strong tidal streams. I believe that this energy could be harnessed to generate clean renewable power, helping the UK to build a sustainable supply of renewable electricity for the future. I also wanted a job where there is the opportunity to work outdoors some of the time, rather than permanently being in an office.read more »
The job opportunity arose for this position and having lived in Orkney all my life and the job ideally suiting my line of work, I applied for the post. My family have always been connected with the maritime industry and I have always had a keen interest in it myself.read more »
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