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The clock is ticking for seafarers’ high voltage training

Time is of the essence for holders of a seafarer’s license as a mechanic, chief engineer or maritime officer because they are required to be trained in high voltage before January 1st, 2017 in order to maintain their seafarers license.

In the high voltage training seafarers learn to recognize electrical hazards, take proper safety measures and follow procedures concerning high voltage systems on ships. They also perform practical assignments on a generator simulator. The refresher training of Quercus has been approved by the Environment and Transport Inspectorate in accordance with STCW tables A-III / 1 and A-III / 2.


The additional training is developed to prevent accidents with electricity, to improve safety on board ships and make seafarers more versatile. The refresher in high voltage is part of a major reform of the international STCW Convention.

STCW Convention

The Convention includes the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for seafarers. The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has also set new standards for safety training to prevent pirate attacks and has written new provisions for seafarers operating in polar waters. The revision is incorporated in the Dutch Seafarers Act and underlying regulations.


Register for the STCW high voltage training for seafarers via this page.