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Managing Marine Emergencies course

Emergency response

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Help us to help you.
Keep the following information at hand when you contact us in case of an emergency:
Initial info:
What? Where? When?

Type and cause of accident:
Fire – collision - grounding

Known damage:
What is the known damage? Where is it located?

Contact details:
Which contact details can we use at all times?

The four-day Managing Marine Emergencies (MME) Course provides a unique chance to meet the salvage experts – the people that have really been at the sharp end in averting maritime disasters. It is designed to identify and assess those vital 'first response' actions needed to safeguard crew, ship, cargo, the environment and the reputation of your company in a marine emergency situation. Special attention is devoted to the fundamentals of crisis management and teamwork, including contracting, insurance, legal matters, dealing with the media, fast decision-making, setting priorities and liaising efficiently between the parties involved. In short, the aim is to demonstrate how to prevent a crisis turning into a catastrophe.

Four days which could save your ship and your company’s reputation

During the four days, participants will be given the essential skills and procedures necessary to control a shipboard emergency, pending the arrival of professional salvage assistance.The main objective is to ensure that participants gain a deeper insight into measures necessary to respond swiftly and effectively during the initial phase of a casualty event.

Hands-on, real scenarios

All lecturers and instructors have extensive experience in responding to major shipping casualties. The course has a high level of practical content; from the use of a simulator during a refloating scenario to a media response exercise involving experienced, international journalists. Making scenarios as realistic as possible is key. You could find yourself negotiating a claim’s settlement, or you are a salvor trying to convince an owner of the best way forward if their ship is to be saved, or you could be a CEO facing a barrage of questions from journalists keen to get an exciting headline. The course is designed to be interactive and for sure, sometimes, you may be out of your comfort zone.


SMIT’s MME Course provides a wonderful chance to build your international professional network. Often more than 10 nationalities participate. And because the scenarios are made as close to reality as possible, it can be a very intense experience for everyone. You bond and work closely as a team during the day, and then interesting events, excellent dinners and boat tours are organized for the evening for those who wish to participate. This gives people a chance to absorb all the information and exchange ideas.

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Who should attend?

SMIT’s MME Course is suitable for a broad range of maritime related professionals and regularly attracts ships’ officers and shore-based management staff. But the course is also valuable to Classification Societies, Marine Insurers, P&I Club Managers, Port Authorities and Coast Guard personnel amongst others. The course is conducted in English and class size is limited to a maximum of 24 participants to give everyone vital hands-on experience.

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The MME Course takes place twice a year at the SMIT headquarters in Papendrecht, the Netherlands. For the participants, SMIT Salvage has selected a four-star hotel in the vicinity of our offices.

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Upcoming course

Next courses:
16-19 April 2024 (fully booked)
12-15 November 2024

Standard fee 2023: € 3,600 (excl. 21% VAT)

This fee includes: hotel accommodation for 4 nights, course documentation, tuition, refreshments and meals (including 3 dinners).

Note: Fee will be refunded promptly in the event of cancellations received at least 20 working days prior to the first day of the course booked (subject to a deduction of 10% for administration costs). No refunds can be made for cancellations at shorter notice. A substitute participant may attend the course at no extra charge.

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