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About NAFC

Welcome to the NAFC Marine Centre

The NAFC Marine Centre's core mission - since it was first opened in 1992 - remains unchanged: to support Shetland's maritime industries.  These industries are key components of the islands' economy and, in the present challenging times, that support is more vital than ever.

Our Services:

  • Delivering high quality accredited and bespoke training
  • Conducting applied research and development
  • Supporting industry growth and innovation through consultancy and knowledge exchange
  • Engaging with the wider community, of which we are a part

With an ever-increasing reputation for high quality Fisheries and Merchant Navy training, our professional team of staff teach a range of courses in the subject areas of nautical, engineering and marine science, as well as developing and delivering a variety of bespoke industry-related short courses.

Applied research and development is conducted in collaboration with industry and other stakeholder partners.  Such programmes provide answers to key questions, develop knowledge, technology or best practice to help drive the industries forward.

Value for money and impact from investment in R&D through knowledge transfer is increasingly important in a competitive Europe.  As part of our mission to support industry development and innovation in Shetland and wider Scotland, we offer a range of 'commercial' services from consultancy to knowledge exchange/commercialisation of research outputs.

We also place great value in the communities that surround us and invest time and resources to reach out and engage with people of all ages so that they have a better understanding of the marine environment, its importance, and the people who make a living from it.

Our clients include the nautical, fisheries, engineering, aquaculture and scientific sectors, and other emerging industries that may contribute to sustainable development.