ROC Friese Poort opens Inland Simulator Centre in Urk

VSTEP selected as maritime simulator supplier for the Inland Simulator Centre in Urk, the Netherlands.

ROC Friese Poort has opened an Inland Simulator Centre in Urk for inland navigation training in the region. The official opening ceremony was inaugurated on the 20th of January 2017 by the regional commissioner Mr. Leen Verbeek. He took the helm, coached by a student from ROC Friese Poort and manoeuvred a vessel through Rotterdam, experiencing sudden weather conditions and other traffic vessels.

The Inland Simulator Centre features two NAUTIS Simulators from VSTEP, one with a 240° field of view and one with 120°. Also included are an Instructor Station and a Debriefing Room for after action review.  The two inland simulators are named after an inland ship and icebreaker of Urk owners, Hinte and Jelly Auke.

Inland Simulator “Hinte” Inland Simulator “Jelle Auke”

“In the area of inland shipping this is the haute couture. There are no nicer developed inland simulators than these ones from VSTEP”, states Mr. Harold Munsterman, Instructor at ROC Friese Poort, in an interview video with Omroep Flevoland.

ROC Friese Poort is a renowned academy in the Netherlands that provides vocational education for youths and adults. The addition of these new simulators enables the students to learn and practice real-life situations in inland navigation efficiently, using the latest in maritime technologies. For more information about ROC Friese Poort, please visit

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