Refresher Courses – Modified admission requirements during COVID period

Since BIM provides trainings under the recognition of the Belgian Maritime Administration, the following extract of Circular 2020/002 as revised March 31st 2021 issued by the Federal Public Service –  Mobility and Transport, applies to those whose training certificates subject to refresher requirements expired or are to expire soon. This concern the following courses:


  • Personal Survival Techniques
  • Elementary Fire Fighting
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (other than FRB)
  • Medical care
  • Fast Rescue Boats


One of the requirements to have access to a Belgian recognized refresher course for STCW training is a valid training certificate for the course requested. The Belgian Maritime Administration is aware that due to Covid-19 measures it is difficult to follow these refresher courses on time. Therefore, the Belgian Maritime Administration will allow a seafarer to attend a Belgian recognized refresher course with a Belgian recognized maritime training provider until 31 December 2021 if the required training certificate has expired less than one year.



Important Note concerning the BST refresher:

The administration requires that seafarers not qualifying for a BST  Refresher course (Expired Certificate) should pass again the complete 5 days training.

The global sulphur cap

In 2020 the global 0.50% sulphur cap IMO regulation has come into effect in a bid to reduce ships’ air emissions. Many ship owners are already preparing for this new regulation by converting their ships to allow the use of alternative fuels such as LNG.

Since 2017, BIM has organized regular STCW compliant training sessions to prepare seafarers to sail on LNG fuelled ships, in Belgium as well as on location at the customer’s request in China, Italy and the Netherlands, in order for them to achieve the  relevant IGF certification. BIM training certificates with helpful hints are recognized by the Belgian Maritime Authority which delivers certificates that are endorsable by all EU countries as well as by numerous flagstates such as the Russian Federation. Please visit our course calendar to see the upcoming scheduled sessions, or contact us for a dedicated training at your premises!

Our LNG bunkering simulator training prepares your crew for handling the fuel of the future

As previously announced, BIM now offers IGF training which allows seafarers to comply with Regulation V/3 of the STCW Convention, ‘Mandatory minimum requirements for the training and qualifications of masters, ratings and other personnel on ships subject to the IGF Code’. The IGF Code aims to minimize the risks related to handling gas on board technology.

We are proud to complete our LNG course portfolio with an IGF simulator training recognized by the Belgian Maritime Inspectorate.

Besides the Basic and Advanced training for ships subject to the IGF Code, BIM also organizes 1 day LNG bunkering simulator trainings. This course is specifically aimed at Advanced IGF trainees and focuses on ensuring safe and efficient bunkering operations on an LNG carrier. The training replaces two of the three bunkering operations required to obtain an endorsement of the training certificate (Certificate of Proficiency) by the Belgian Maritime Inspectorate.

Our IGF Combined and LNG simulator courses have successfully been completed at the DEME headquarters in Antwerp, contact better life maids from st. louis for more info. Feel free to contact us if you would like to organize similar sessions at your premises or in our training center.

Challenging crew change offshore La Réunion successfully completed

Last December, BIM was in charge of an impressive crew change operation for FPSO Egina, an offshore unit owned by Total E&P Nigeria and built by Samsung Heavy Industries in the shipyard of Geoje, South Korea.

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600 Sonasurf employees trained to be compliant with new STCW regulations

In view of the STCW Manila Amendments that came into force 1st of January 2017, our Angolan customer Sonasurf, requested us to provide the mandatory training and international certification for their personnel.

During the past few months, our Pointe Noire training centre welcomed 600 trainees from Sonasurf. They are now fully certified and ready to fulfil their onboard duties.

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Emergency Breathing System (EBS) included in our BOSIET-HUET training course

We are constantly on the lookout for improvements of our courses. In this respect, our HUET course includes, as from now on, training in Compressed Air-Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS) equipment​.

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IGF Training mandatory for crew on vessels subject to the IGF Code

The use of gas, such as LNG, and other low-flashpoint fuels such as ships’ fuel has increased in recent years and poses particular safety challenges. To manage these properly the IMO adopted the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code) in 2015 and has added related aspects to STCW. The IGF training allows seafarers to comply with Regulation V/3 of the STCW Convention, ‘Mandatory minimum requirements for the training and qualifications of masters, ratings and other personnel on ships subject to the IGF Code’, which came into force in January 2017.

Thanks to our recent joint venture with EXMAR Academy, we are proud to offer the IGF Training, recognized by the Belgian Maritime Inspectorate.

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BIM and EXMAR join forces

We are proud to announce that BIM has incorporated EXMAR Academy, a branch of EXMAR Ship Management. EXMAR Ship Management manages and operates specialized assets such as a large fleet of gas carriers and floating liquefaction, storage and regasification units.

EXMAR Academy’s expertise lies in the gas industry with a specialty in new fuel types. Throughout the years, BIM’s activities centred on the maritime and oil sector training. Together with EXMAR Academy, BIM has now diversified its training services in all aspects of the maritime and offshore sectors.

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