Simwave Newsletter December 2019

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Simwave Newsletter December 2019

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Simwave Newsletter December 2019

Seasonal Greetings from our CEO Marcel Kind

I am pleased to send you warm greetings upon the arrival of Christmas, a special time in which we spend time with our families and loved ones.

I take this opportunity to thank you for your preference. We commit ourselves to continue providing you with the service and quality that you are used to. In 2020, we will also introduce some new courses and products and strengthen our international team with more specialists.

Building high Standards is our company culture. Simwave has been characterized by its excellent customer attention, and bespoke training and assessments for its valued partners. Grateful that so many companies embrace our core value of focusing on competence management above compliance management. This is the way to move forward for the shipping industry.

Shipping gets a lot of attention from the general public, as well as policy makers. Our beautiful industry faces challenges such as: environmental impact, dealing with high impact incidents, destination management, and to attract and develop crew members.

We also know that our industry is growing and it is growing fast. For this reason, we need to excel and invest in protecting the environment, avoid incidents and train resilient sailors.

Our team is excited to welcome you again in 2020 and work together on the continuous development of our training portfolio and to make sure all participants have an excellent stay in our facility.

May the holiday spirit be with you and your family today and throughout the New Year.

With warm regards,

Marcel Kind
CEO Simwave B.V.

Port Studies

Bigger ships, port developments, jetty clearance, new itineraries, these developments all require a thorough risk assessment and not just a table top exercise!

Learn what types of studies Simwave conducted in 2019 by reading the article on Port Studies:

Henk Heiboer: Inland Shipping Instructor

Starting the first of January, we strengthen our team with a new instructor for the Inland Shipping department. Henk Heiboer has a long track record as a Master on different barges, among gas tankers, container ships and worked with the fire fighting department on the Dutch rivers.

Inland Shipping is a growing industry in The Netherlands. Because of the growth of the industry as well as demographic factors in Europe, there is a need for competent crew members. Simwave operates two full mission inland shipping simulators as well as different part task simulators. Besides this, a full educational program has been developed for sailors to become masters. This is a unique program in English or Dutch language and allows participants to combine a sailing career and learn. All examinations can be conducted in the English language. Practical training is conducted with the simulators to familiarize with the different stretches on the rivers.

In the past two years, Simwave developed different ship models and over 30 river environments. The simulators have some unique features and the bridges will be upgraded in 2020 to use Radio Zeeland / Radio Holland equipment.

Ship Handling Trainings: Tailor made solutions delivered by industry experts

newsletter decemberThis year at Simwave we have delivered many ship handling trainings which varied from conventional to podded steering (basic and advanced). Such courses have been mainly delivered to officers of cruise operators,ranging from Senior Captains to Officers of the Watch.
Increased bookings for 2020 are showing that this type of training is being extremely well received by the industry.

The ship handling training normally starts with a theoretical part where our Senior Instructors explain and freshen up ship handling principles and modern techniques to the participants. They also introduce new concepts/elements, coming from a significant ship handling experience.

Our current ship handling senior instructors have in fact solid experience, all of them have been harbor pilots and ship handling has been their passion and their day to day “bread and butter”. We are very proud to have them in our team and our clients find them very successful. Our participants can be very critical and contribute to the discussion during the training a lot of practical experience. Among them are the Captains in Command of the world’s largest cruise ships such as the Oasis Class of Royal Caribbean.

Johnny Maack Svendsen has been a Marine Sea and Harbour Pilot for Danpilot, the Danish pilot association, Assistant Professor at the Royal Danish Naval Academy, Pilot at Danish Pilot Service and Instructor since 2014. He contributed to the development of the Simwave Ship Handling Trainings with his experience. Johnny finds pleasure in giving and passing on to the participants good practices and experiences. He enjoys motivated classes made of mixed ranks, which stimulates the discussion within the group. Occasionally he enjoys the thrill of facilitating a group of “non-believers”, when the “coin doesn’t drop” until the very end of the course.

Wim van Rhijn has been a sea Captain and a pilot for more than 20 years for Rotterdam Pilots (Loodswezen te Rotterdam), one of the world’s busiest ports accommodating some of the world’s largest ships. Wim started his instructors career in 2017. He enjoys and finds energy in delivering ship handling trainings and sharing his experience.

Jillis van Harmelen enjoyed decades at Rotterdam Pilots as well and has been contributing to the developing committee of the BRM training (Bridge Resources Management) when it was being introduced from the aviation industry in early 2000. Also, his experience has been much appreciated by the participants.

Something that our clients enjoy is that the Simwave ship handling trainings are tailor made to their needs and requirements, including references to their company procedures.

The ship handling trainings are mainly delivered during the practical sessions at Simwave’s two 180 degrees full mission simulators which are using the latest Kongsberg technology. The compact dimension of these simulators allow an optimal interaction among a small group when maneuvering. Normally the participants are divided in two teams of 3 persons, so there is plenty of hands-on time for all of them, which is certainly the backbone of a ship handling training.

Careers: vacancies at Simwave

At Simwave, we currently have multiple open positions. Check out all vacancies in the Careers menu.

Office closed during Christmas holiday

We hope that you will enjoy the Chrismas holiday just as much as we will. The office will be closed from 23-12-2019 to 02-01-2020. Our Support will not be available during this period. For urgent matters or special requests, please contact:

We thank you for your understanding and wish you all the best. Happy holidays!