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Maritime Officer (Marof) and Hydrography Degree Programs and Maritime Training at the Island of Terschelling

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Founded in 1875, the Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz (Maritiem Instituut 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.

As part of the NHL University of Applied Sciences, MIWB has over 600 full-time students. The mission of MIWB is to continue to provide high quality ship’s officers and hydrographic surveyors for national and foreign merchant fleets and industry and to be Centre of Excellence for maritime training and simulation in the Netherlands and beyond. Further objectives include international support and assistance activities to maritime academies and simulator centres in other emerging maritime countries.

MIWB facilities include a full mission simulator training centre incorporating the national maritime simulation training facilities which is available for all Dutch maritime cadets, an own seagoing training and survey vessel and a fully equipped student campus with comprehensive restaurant and library facilities.

Training Programs


Bachelor Programs

  • Maritime Officer (Marof) Program (4 years): The duration of the study Maritime Officer program is four years and counts 240 EC's. The training course contains - basic program (90 EC); compulsory minors (60 EC); sea training (60 EC); and facultative minor + graduation (30 EC). The specializations include - dredging technology, deck & engineering, offshore operations and hydrographic surveyor. The program is considered to be a good preparation for a management position on shore at a later stage.
  • Hydrography Program (4 years): This program forms a natural extension of the Marof scheme whereby some of the topics are taken together as the hydrographer will function in close co-operation with the navigating officers when on board. The duration of the study Hydrography is four years and counts 240 EC's. The training course is acknowledged by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and the Fédération Internationale des Géomètres (FIG).
  • The courses are conducted in English and Dutch.

Maritime Training Courses

  • DP Induction (5 days): At the end of the course you have acquired knowledge of the principles of Dynamic Positioning, are able to set up a dynamic positioning system and have an understanding of the practical operation of associated equipment, including position reference systems.
  • DP Sea Time Reduction (5 days): The purpose of this course is to give the prospective Dynamic Position Operator reduction in sea time. The period of supervised DP sea time days after the Simulator course may be reduced by the satisfactory completion of an intensive DP simulator training course.
  • DP Simulation (4 days): The DP Simulation course offers you the opportunity to develop your DP skills through balanced delivery of theory and practical simulation tasks. The course provides you with further insight, experience and confidence in performing offshore operations under DP control.
  • DP Revalidation (5 days): After five years a DP certificate needs to be renewed. For a renewal or revalidation of an existing certificate 150 DP seatime days are required. If not sufficient days are obtained, this course will extend your current certificate for another five years (if attending the first time).
  • DP Shuttle Tanker Scheme: This is a course to handle shuttle tankers safely and efficient.
  • Basic Training Ice Navigation in Polar Waters (2.5 days): This course provides you with the most important practical knowledge and theoretical background to successfully navigate in ice covered areas. Countries having to deal with ice navigation, urge to implement IMO guidelines in a course and certify participants. For those regularly sailing in ice covered waters demands become more and more stringent, especially the Polar Regions press for better education concerning this kind of specialized navigation.
  • Advanced Training Ice Navigation in Polar Waters (5 days): This course provides training to masters and chief mates of ships operating in polar waters and to address those additional provisions as required by the Polar Code, in order to take into account the climatic conditions of polar waters and to meet appropriate standards of maritime safety and pollution prevention.
  • Applied Electro Technics (5 days): Modern ships rely on a large number of electrical and control systems. A modern engineer or maritime officer must be able to do maintenance and repairs on these systems to ensure the safety and economic performance of the ship. This course will help you to refresh your ability and understanding performing this job.
  • Tug Handling (5 days): The Tug Handling course envelops different elements, which all strive to enhance the level of professional education of the tug master and crew with regard to shiphandling, safety and regulatory issues. This specific training course has been developed and delivered in order to increase competency and safety on board towing vessels.
  • Ship Handling (Customized): The Ship Handling Course is aiming to increase the understanding and competency of masters and officers regarding maneuvering vessels with different types of thrusters and rudders. The course has different elements, which all strive to enhance the level of professional education of the master and officers with regard to safely handling a specific type of vessel.

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