Mersey Maritime - A driving force for the maritime industry on merseysideMersey Maritime - A driving force for the maritime industry on merseyside

Fleetwood Nautical Campus

Outstanding facilities, expert tutors and an exceptional graduate to employment rate have secured the Fleetwood Nautical Campus an international reputation for excellence. This is underpinned by over 125-years history of providing high quality maritime training to industry and students: we have won the Maritime and Coastguard Agency Officer Trainee of the Year Award eight times in eleven years. Three of those students have recently returned to complete their Master Mariners qualification.

Regarded as one of the UK’s top nautical institutions, the Fleetwood Nautical Campus offers top-quality further and higher education, underpinned by Ofsted Grade 1 Outstanding status and commendations from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

Cutting edge facilities include a five-bridge full mission ship simulator, an engine room simulator, virtual reality teaching aids and halls of residence on campus. The latest addition is a new £1.2m Marine Engineering Centre.

The campus is also a leading provider of safety, survival and fire training to both the merchant navy, renewables industry and the offshore oil and gas industries. Our team of teaching staff are highly qualified with first-hand experience of the offshore, maritime and safety industries. This ensures you have an exceptional and highly relevant learning experience.

Offering a broad portfolio of accredited courses delivered by expert staff and supported by the following outstanding facilities:

  • A purpose-built river launching facility with a fleet of five ‘Single and Twin Fall’ Totally Enclosed Motor Propelled Survival Craft, four Fast Rescue Craft with a mix of Jet and Outboard Drives and three support craft of varying sizes.
  • A unique environmental training facility featuring an 18mx12mx4m tank with a wave machine and the ability to create darkness and rainfall.
  • A Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) simulator.
  • A purpose-built fire training facility, with 4 hot fire galleries, an enclosed space trainer and 2 fire squares.
  • A working at height training tower.


Fleetwood Nautical Campus is your one stop shop for Maritime, Offshore and Renewables training


Mersey Maritime is doing so much for the community and its succession planning for business is vitally important. It’s great to see Liverpool coming back as a global player – all power to your elbow!
Simon Reynish, Chairman, CILT North West
Royal HaskoningDHV is a global engineering and project design consultancy with 6500 staff working in 150 companies, but we’ve been something of a sleeping giant in Liverpool. We’re proud to be sponsors of Mersey Maritime. It enables us to be fully engaged in the cluster, with a place at the table and positioned as first choice company for new business opportunities within our areas of expertise.
Jamie Gray, Associate Director, Royal HaskoningDHV
I come out of Mersey Maritime’s meetings with a bit of a buzz. Lots of people with the same energy and we can see what’s ahead and we want to be ready for it, be a part of it.
Tom Coyle, Managing Director, DT Engineering Limited
As a fledgling business with big aspirations for success, joining Mersey Maritime has been absolutely the right move for us. It’s meant we haven’t had to start from scratch, knocking on doors and trying to get access to the right people. Through Mersey Maritime, we’ve attended business events like Face-2-Face and have already been able to meet everyone who’s anyone in this region. It’s the best investment we have made this year!
John Bean, Managing Director, Geo Data Systems
As a founding member, Hill Dickinson is proud to support Mersey Maritime. Mersey Maritime creates and facilitates business opportunities for both its members and the wider maritime and business communities through regular networking events, lobbying and industry awards while addressing the skills gap in the maritime sector by integrating local academic resources with businesses to ensure focused training and development. Mersey Maritime has achieved so much since its inception in 2003 and continues to strive with members to ensure Merseyside’s place as the leading maritime hub.
Colin Lavelle, Legal Director, Hill Dickinson LLP
Mersey Maritime has brought the community together tremendously well.
Colin Kershaw, Brookes Bell
Mersey Maritime provides excellent networking opportunities, allowing people to meet people, and they do exceptionally well on training and skills. My only criticism is that companies want more!
James Douglas, ContainerPort
Back in 2008, the average age profile of the workforce at Cammell Laird was 47; so we recognised the need to address a potential skills gap up ahead. As a result of close collaboration with Mersey Maritime we‘ve committed to a long-term training programme that has seen our apprentice numbers rise from zero to more than 100. It’s put us in a much stronger position. We’re in better shape to plan for growth, we’re fulfilling a commitment to provide jobs for young people in this region and we’re revitalising the way we run our business.
John Syvret, CEO, Cammell Laird Group
Mersey Maritime is unique, there’s nothing else like it!
Phil James, Weightmans LLP


Mersey Maritime is one of Europe’s most successful maritime cluster organisations, representing the interests of over 1700 Maritime, Logistics and Energy businesses on Merseyside and beyond.

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