Photo gallery: Faces of the Veendam Deck Dept.
One of the myriad of crew trainings that is going onboard our ships. Crewmembers attend a six week lifboat handler proficiency course given by the Officer Lifesaving. The training entails the lowering and manuvering of the lifeboats, how to righten an overturned liferaft and how to keep everybody safe and alive while inside a lifeboat or liferaft. There is a practical and theoritical exam at the end of the course and when passed, each participant receives a certificate issued by the Dutch government. All lifesaving officers have received special training in the Netherlands so that they are qualified and authorised to give these training classes. Here we see the Veendam class of autumn 2007.