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Head of training

Maritime Asset Security and Training (MAST) Ltd, the maritime security company, has appointed Jim McDougall as Head of Training.

Jim has been a trainer for over 30 years, having held positions as instructor, manager and director. He was instrumental in developing the British Armed Forces’ shooting policy and later applied the same system to the Canadian and Omani Armed Forces.

Jim’s main focus will be on the company’s training development and delivery systems, including: ‘Ship Security Officer’, ‘Company Security Officer’, ‘Port Facility Security Officer’, ‘Counter Piracy’ and ‘Close Protection’ courses. He will also coordinate the delivery of the firm’s small arms training and shooting coaching at its new firing range on Gozo, to ensure marksmanship and weapon safety for MAST Security Operators.

Jim will establish MAST’s firing range on Gozo, after changes in Maltese law allow EU citizens to shoot a weapon without a need for a firearms’ licence. The range will let people live fire historic weapons.

Jim was team coach of the British Army Combat shooting team which won all 14 International matches against nine other nations.

Jim started with the Parachute Regiment, before transferring to a specialist British Army training unit (SASC) where he served in training establishments around the world.

For the past 10 years he has provided training development and security consultancy to a number of major oil and gas companies including BP, Shell, and Occidental. He developed an engineering and technician training development plan and competency mapping for all positions and grades. He has also advised corporations on their recruitment procedures and has advised the Oman Government on Omani national and expatriate recruitment and nationalisation.

MAST recently gained City & Guilds accreditation for its Maritime Security Operatives course, which means it is now accredited to offer training programmes to UK armed forces’ personnel using MoD learning credits, and to security teams looking to gain an internationally recognised qualification.

Philip Cable, CEO MAST said: “Jim is a really exciting addition to our growing training team and his extensive experience brings us the highest class of expertise. His appointment follows the increased interest we are seeing from maritime security companies and operatives, shipping groups and governments for the specialist security training that we are able to offer.”

And Jim McDougall said: “This is an exciting and evolving time for the world of Maritime Security training. MAST is at the forefront to ensure that best practice and compliance is achieved in all aspects of its service delivery, and training is no exception. I’m looking forward to contributing and being part of what is already an excellent training and support team. This is a company that prides itself on the highest professional standards of operational and training services delivery, and I feel privileged to be part of it.”

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