With the purpose of training officers for the Dutch fleet, the KVNR has had a cooperative relationship with the Palompon Institute of Technology (PIT) in the Philippines since 2001. The quality of maritime education courses given by PIT is under the watchful eye of the Shipping and Transport College (part of the STC-Group) in Rotterdam.
And then in 2005, PIT, STC and KVNR established the Netherlands Shipping Training Center (NSTC) to provide maritime education in Palompon. The NSTC offers STCW courses that include ‘Basic Training, Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boat’, ‘Advanced Fire Fighting’ and ‘Medical First Aid’.
Since the beginning of the collaboration, 27 shipping companies have taken on a total of 1,722 apprentices from 15 selected classes. Around 60% of these people are still in service as an officer or trainee.