The Nautical Fishing School will build an electric boat to carry out practices at sea

The training of the nautical and fishing sectors in Catalonia passes through the Ametlla de Mar. The town of Baix Ebre is the headquarters of the Nautical and Fishing Training School of Catalonia, with an institute where six training cycles can be studied, between intermediate and higher grade , and that this course has about 300 students who want to dedicate themselves professionally to nautical, fishing, diving or sailing. But the center goes much further and also manages all professional qualifications and certifications in the sector in the country, in addition to recreational boating. With the aim of also offering technology transfer, the Escola is now working on a pioneering project: the construction of a 100% electric multipurpose vessel that allows the fishing sector and students to learn about the possibilities of new technologies, according to the Action Department Climate, Food and Rural Agenda. The project has been presented within the framework of the 60th Boat Show that is being held these days in Barcelona, ​​​​which has also hosted a work meeting of the team that must define the characteristics of this new boat. The project will also be presented to fishermen next Saturday, at a conference on the decarbonisation of the fishing fleet.

An electric boat that will replace the current practice boat that the center has in the port of L'Ametlla de Mar, together with a wooden schooner and two masts (given by Lluís Llach). It is also planned to rehabilitate and give it a new use, "as the spearhead of a new educational project that wants to bring the sea to all schools in Catalonia", explains the manager of the School, Feliu López Vidal, in the Diari.

In the center, students also have a simulator at their disposal, which allows them to practice navigation in different types of boats and assumptions, as well as laboratories, or engine and machinery repair workshops, among other equipment. Among the cycles that can be taken are those of Maritime Transport and Deep Sea Fishing; Maintenance and control of ship machinery; or that of Underwater and Hyperbaric Operations, among others.

The other leg of the School is the degrees and professional certificates, a fortnight in total and each year there are about 800 students who are accredited or renew their certificates. Among these qualifications are those of sailor-fisherman, height skipper, port skipper or engine sailor, among others. In these cases, the training is carried out in a decentralized way, "with the collaboration especially of the fishermen's associations", details the manager.

The Escola also offers the necessary safety training to embark and work, for example, on a cruise ship. In addition, it has just signed an agreement with the Police School of Catalonia, to offer training to Mossos, Bombers and Agents Rurals.

Lastly, it manages recreational nautical qualifications, such as those for yacht skipper, recreational boat or jet ski, in collaboration with training centers along the coast. Among those who get their license or renew it, some 25,000 people pass through each year.

Challenges: More women in the maritime and fishing sectors, and generational relief

Only 7 percent of the students in the training cycles of the Nautical-Fishing Training School are women. Thus, one of the challenges of the center and the Department of Climate Action on which it depends is to increase the presence of women in the fishing and nautical sectors. According to the manager, among the initiatives that will be launched there is a mentoring program, so that active professional women make their work known to young people who want to dedicate themselves to it. Among other issues that are analyzed from the School are also the future challenges of the fishing sector and the lack of generational change in some ports.

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