Maritime Training at the Island of Terschelling


Founded in 1875, the Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz (MIWB) is a Dutch Higher Nautical Academy and a department of NHL University of Applied Sciences. The institute is located in the island of Terschelling, Netherlands. In the 135 years of its existence the institute has developed into one of the foremost nautical colleges in The Netherlands, of great renown at home and abroad. The MIWB simulator facilities, labs, workshops, training vessel, nautical/technical expertise and the modern campus guarantee top-quality maritime education and training.

MIWB has a four-year Maritime Officer training program. The training program is developed in consultation with several shipping companies and is in compliance with the requirements and standards of international conventions and maritime practice. During the first two years the cadets live with 150 fellow students in the campus. The institute incorporates The Dutch DP Centre being the oldest and most comprehensive DP training facility in the NW Continental European region.

Note: The courses are conducted in English and Dutch.

Training Programs

Long Programs

  • Maritime Officer Program (4 years): The duration of the study Maritime Officer is four years and counts 240 EC's. One EC equals to 28 hours of study load. The training course contains - basic program (90 EC); compulsory minors (60 EC); sea training (60 EC); and facultative minor + graduation (30 EC).
  • Hydrography Program (4 years): The duration of the study Hydrography is four years and counts 240 EC's. One EC equals to 28 hours of study load. The training course is acknowledged by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and the Fédération Internationale des Géomètres (FIG).

Short Courses

  • Ship Management (10 days): This program is for ship officers intending to function as master, chief mate, chief engineer or first maritime officer on board seagoing vessels of over 3000 GT / 3000 kW (in the case of masters for any tonnage/power) are obliged to take a course in Ship Management (unless exemption is granted on the basis of previous sailing time or certificates). This will become mandatory upon entering into force of the new Dutch Maritime Crew Decree.
  • ECIDS (3 days): This course is designated for candidates for certification as officers in charge of a navigational watch and for experienced nautical officers and other persons with responsible duties in navigation work.
  • Radar Observer (5 days): This course provides training in the basic theory and use of radar for those who will be in charge of a navigational watch. It is based on IMO Model course 1.07 Radar observation and plotting.
  • DP Induction (4 days): The Induction Course includes simulation exercises covering the above-mentioned topics for operational training in a full mission bridge environment. Latest developments are the use of hydro acoustics’ and Artemis as position reference systems, next to (D)GPS, and follow-sub mode for the use of Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV).
  • DP Simulation (4 days): The Simulator Course covers - DP operations under normal and pressure conditions, system failure procedures, trend analyses, communication, DP alert status alarms, practice effective teamwork, the use of checklists, position reference voting and handling, DP operations in shallow water, DP ROV operations, DGPSRTK, the UTM coordinate system, DP incidents, rules and regulations.
  • DP Sea Time Reduction: The course will be an intensive simulator training of 37.5 hours which will give a sea time reduction of 6 weeks. This is the maximum of weeks approved by the Nautical Institute. If more sea time reduction is needed, the prospective DPO should join an extra week of 37.5 hours intensive simulator training, which will provide another 6 weeks reduction of sea time.
  • Maritime Resource Management (3.5 days): Maritime resource management is a training program for ship officers, based on the knowledge and experience of the industry. It is designed to give members of a ship bridge/engine room team opportunities to review and practice the skills and knowledge required to effectively utilize their human resources and equipment in order to safely and successfully operate their vessel at sea and in restricted waters.

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