• Home

As a Fellow of South Shields Marine School it was with a lot of pride that I saw a piece in the local Shields Gazette with the Headline Alain gets the Royal seal of approval.  It featured respected South Shields Marine School lecturer Alain Reynier, who has received the royal seal of approval for his services to the careers of young seafarers and seafarer welfare over two decades.


He was presented with the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service by HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, at a ceremony at Trinity House in London, on Wednesday, November 6.  The medal is reward for his devotion to duty and exemplary service in 20 years of working at South Shields Marine School.

The full story is reported on the South Tyneside College website at, accessible here.

Alain was nominated by marine cadets in recognition of going above and beyond the call of duty in supporting their welfare during their studies at the marine school, which is part of Tyne Coast College.

He said: “It is quite humbling to find myself being shown their appreciation in such a way.

John Roach, Principal of South Shields Marine School, said: “This thoroughly deserved commendation is astonishing recognition of Alain’s superb work over two decades.”

It’s an interesting and inspiring story that gave me a lot of pride and pleasure whilst I read it.  That pride and pleasure was expanded when I noticed on the college website another Marine School item featuring an ex-cadet who has returned to the Marine School as a lecturer.

The full story relating to Carole Jensen can be accessed here or at and contains some heartwarming comments from Carole about her experiences as a cadet at South Shields Marine School, her time at sea and her return to the town and the marine school as a ETO (Electro Technical Officer) lecturer.

Some of Carole’s comments include:-

What do you love most about South Shields Marine School?
The atmosphere. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. There’s also a real sense of pride at the Marine School and the dedication and commitment from both staff and students really shines through.

How would you describe working at sea?
I really enjoyed my time at sea and have many fantastic memories. It was very challenging at times and it did require a lot of commitment and dedication but at the same time, the experience provided me with so many life skills which I am truly thankful for.  

What would you say to others who are considering a career at sea?
Go for it! You’ve got nothing to lose by applying and you never know where it may take you.

How does it feel to be back working as a lecturer as opposed to studying?
It feels great! I had such an enjoyable time at the Marine School as a cadet and the lecturers who taught me were fantastic. Many of them are still here and to now call them my colleagues feels amazing. I’m really looking forward to teaching and being able to share my experiences from sea with students and being able to hear about their experiences too.

JHL MBE SSL Co. Chairman