MIWB wins international award: "The centre of excellence for maritime training and simulation"


The Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz (MIWB) has won the CAREER4SEA EUROPORT Educational Award. This award is given to an organisation that has promoted maritime education in any aspect and acts as an industry leader in developing younger generations in shipping.

Stephan Procee, lecturer at MIWB and former nautical officer accepted the award on behalf of MIWB. 'It was truly an honour to receive the Education Award and for our academy it is the international recognition of our effort to train young people for a seafaring profession.'

And training for a seafaring profession is proving much needed says Procee. 'Despite ever larger ships and the reduction of crews to the bare minimum, the number of seafarers needed is not decreasing; on the contrary, serious shortages are expected. ICS and BIMCO recently reported a current shortage of about 26 thousand STCW-certified officers, a number expected to triple in the next decade!

'But even more important is to prepare young professionals for their future work at sea and in the maritime sector by teaching them skills beyond that standard. Because the impending energy transition in shipping, for example, more than just changing fuel to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.'

New shipping world

It is foreseeable that maritime transport will have to be redesigned, according to Procee. 'To prepare our students for that new shipping world, we are currently introducing them with self-learning, investigative skills through participation in research projects, showing them that they can shape their own future rather than adapting to it.'

Stephan Procee continues: 'This award came as a surprise and of course it's all the nicer for all my colleagues at MIWB to receive such a nice expression of support!' The CAREER4SEA EUROPORT Educational Award jury called MIWB: 'The Centre of Excellence' for maritime training and simulation in the Netherlands and beyond.

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