Staff from the Department of Enterprise and Business Innovation at Borders College were delighted to accept an invitation to the groundbreaking ceremony for the new administration and training building at Eyemouth Marine recently.
Just 4 years ago the boatyard at Brownsbank in Eyemouth was in a sorry state and faced closure with the loss of all jobs. However, businessman Patrick Flockhart (pictured above) stepped in and established Eyemouth Marine Ltd with exciting and ambitious plans for the repair and servicing yard. The boatyard has a rich and diverse history, building over 350 vessels and repairing countless others over a hundred years.
As ‘A Garage for the Sea’ the key focus at Eyemouth Marine Ltd is the repair and servicing of vessels. Offering a full range of trades including joinery, shipwright, composites, painting, hydraulics, plumbing, engineering, welding, electronics and fabrication Eyemouth Marine is a one-stop-shop for all boat repair services. The yard also has a very successful contract with the RNLI.
The last four years have seen huge changes as the yard was refurbished, cleaned up and plans submitted to develop the old building into a new training and administration hub. In 2019 Borders College secured funding to develop the Modern Apprenticeship in Boatbuilding and Repair and implement a digital spoke in the new building. By 2022 there will be a new suite of offices, accessible facilities and a state of the art training room which will allow the college to provide support to apprentices not only in Eyemouth but across the country as well as delivering other commercial short courses.