Every activity starts with safety, students are trained on safety in orientation and regular drills.
Operating under SOLAS (Safety of Lives at Sea), the highest international standard for marine safety.
Fully rebuilt and relaunched in 2010 as the Gulden Leeuw, the ship was fitted with the most modern systems for safety management, ship maintenance, nautical support while sailing, communications, weather monitoring, fire and smoke detection systems, throughout the ship.
Safety on board is regulated and controlled by an International Safety Management System (ISM) certified in the Netherlands. The ISM outlines onboard safety requirements. The crew is trained on the IMS in terms of safety procedures, routines and and response plans.
Ship maintenance is managed by MARAD – a computerized onboard maintenance system that sets out requirements for maintenance of all ship systems and parts, providing a program of daily system checks and routines that the crew follow and monitoring compliance with all required safety checks on systems.
State inspection requirements:
The ship follows all reporting requirements of the Dutch nautical authorities and is subject to a regime of scheduled ‘state flag’ authority inspections to ensure the safety and security of the vessel.
Monitoring winds, sea state and forecasting changes in weather systems is built into the daily routines for each watch. Storm systems are avoided. The average daily run is set at approx. 100mn/day, allowing time to slow down, reroute and take any necessary measures to avoid adverse weather systems.