Maritime training centre opened
The new maritime training centre established by the Flemish Agency for Employment and Vocational Training, VDAB, was officially opened by the Minister-President of the government of Flanders, Kris Peeters CD&V in Zeebrugge yesterday. The old premises were given a complete facelift and an additional building built to house marine engines. To accommodate the thousand course attendants who receive training in the maritime centre each year, a new floor was built onto the older portion to create space for additional classrooms. The new building will house the VDAB training in marine engines. This training was previously provided in Bruges. The centre has increased from 1,000 to 3,500 square meters and boasts the most up-to-date engines for training. The eye-catchers of the training centre are the sailing simulators. The new state-of-the-art equipment of the centre has a total price tag of more than 10 million euros. “We are capable of simulating the widest possible range of situations in the fishing and dredging industry at the centre,” says campus manager Patrick Naeyaert. The centre trains about one thousand course attendants for the dredging industry, shipping, fishing, Defence and Naval division each year and employs twenty VDAB staff members. “The centre is crucial for both the future development of our young employees and for those with considerable experience”, says Bruno Monteyne of the dredging company DEME.