Simwave Newsletter February 2023

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Message from our CEO

Shipping is going strong! While we are seeing that the activities at Simwave are continuously increasing and that business is blooming we also notice that the activities in the shipping industry in general is doing very well. This not only shows how vital the shipping industry is in keeping the world’s economies running but also in enabling its growth. Even if we look at individual segments of the Maritime industry, such as offshore, tankers, cruise, inland shipping etc, we can only conclude that we are doing great.

As a service provider you always depend on the activities of your clients. This month we saw an increase in port studies, port developments, nautical studies, high end technical training, training on alternative fuels as well as plenty of assessments which considers the industry if focussing on growth. Aside from crew training our services are increasingly aligned with risk mitigation as lessons learned are continuously shared and our assistance with incident investigations is increasingly required. Herewith our expertise and technology can make a significant difference. Not only by learning from incidents from but especially in the prevention of incidents in its entirety!

Because off the increase in activities Simwave is expanding. Building activities are taking place on the second floor of our facility as we speak, and our sister company Transafe will move in this year. More news on our expansion will follow in the coming weeks.

In this newsletter you will read about our IGF courses, both online and onsite, as well as the approvals we have. Our Inland Shipping department also wrote an interesting article about the work they been doing around assessments.

Aside from all the interesting internal developments, in March we will also be visiting Seatrade Cruise Global (27-30 march) with our cruise team! We are excited to welcome you in Fort Lauderdale for a catch-up and cup of coffee.

If you have any question feel free to contact me.

Marcel Kind
CEO & Founder

IGF Code | Initial and refresher Training

As more and more vessels start to use alternative fuels Simwave offers different training; approved training by different flag states but also the required refreshment trainings.

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) issued the IGF code for ships using LNG or other low- flashpoint fuels like methanol or hydrogen. In our Centre of Excellence, we offer a 5 day Basic and Advanced IGF training which is accredited by the maritime authorities of The Netherlands as well as by Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA).
The Simwave Academy is now also offering online IGF Code training which is fully certified by the Bahamas Maritime Authority. The structure of the online course is in accordance with IMO Model course 7.13 (for basic) and 7.14 (for advanced) and during the course we use a combination of text, visuals, video’s and assessments. Online we available both the Basic as well as the Advanced IGF course.

Seafarers holding Certificates of Proficiency for both the Basic IGF Course as well as the Advanced IGF Course shall at intervals not exceeding five years, undertake appropriate refresher training or be required to prove evidence of having achieved the required standard of competence within the previous five year. To meet this requirement in the IGF code we have a refresher training and after the training the participant will do an assessment to prove the competencies and the participant will receive a certificate with an expiry date of 5 years. This is in line with Resolution MSC 478 (102) adopted on the 5th of November 2020, Annex 6.

If you have any question regarding initial or refresher IGF Code Training for LNG, CNG, Methanol or Hydrogen feel free to contact our experts at

Inland Shipping | Assessments

The inland shipping industry in Europe is facing, as many other industries, crew shortages. Adding to this the demographic factors in the industry and the expansion of the fleet the pressure on the crew will only increase in coming years.

Crew retention is relatively low in a market with crew shortages. In the majority of the incidents on board of inland vessels the human element is a direct cause or indirect cause. In order to improve navigational safety as well as operational safety (e.g. loading / unloading) it is important to understand the knowledge level and the competency level of a specific crew member. The inland shipping department of Simwave developed together with Transafe as a Safety Advisor different type of assessments and training in order to analyse potential knowledge or competency gaps.

For new hires, promotions and continuous development, we have created different online assessments for the different ranks on board, both on an operational and management level. The assessment are customized per customer and the assessment is divided in different sections: navigational, technical, legislation, operational, safety etc. Per assessment a company can choose which sections they like to assess. 

For competency assessment the assessors will use the same tool and a crew member will undergo different simulation runs. For the simulation runs a specific model will be used (e.g. tanker or passenger vessel), a specific propulsion (e.g. a podded or conventional and specific sailing area’s will be used all depending on the activities of the client. At the end the assessors will provide feedback from where a personal development plan will be created from both kinds of assessments. The personal development plans can be followed and closed out within our system for complete career management tracking of seafarers.

For more information please contact our Inland shipping team at

Open enrolments & agenda

On our website, we offer a range of open courses. These courses will be extended in the coming period. 

Upcoming courses:

  • 3-days Engine room Resource Management: March 29 – 31, last seats available!
  • 2-days DP Familiarization: April 03 & 04
  • 5-days IGF Code Basic & Advanced (accredited): May 08 – 12
  • 5-days Polar Code Basic & Advanced (accredited): March 06 – 10 
  • 3-days Bridge Resource Management: April 12 – 14

Interested? Have a look at our open courses.

In our Learning Management System, we also offer a lot of different courses. If you would like to know more, please contact us

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