Training course
Command and Control Training Course

West Nautical will be hosting its annual MNTB recognised Command and Control Training Course on the 19th-21st October 2021.

Designed specifically for those who possess a STCW Reg A-II/2 Master (Yacht) 3000GT or above, the training programme will be run in association with South Shields Marine School and AkzoNobel Paints and Coatings company.

The first two days will be spent in a 360-degree bridge simulator at the Marine School, where delegates will be put through a series of scenarios with the aim of improving bridge team resource management and emergency response. The simulated vessels are motor yachts between 40M and 90M in length, with realistic handling characteristics.

The third day will be spent at the AkzoNobel International / AwlGrip paint factory in Gateshead where we continue on from the previous 2 days in the college with classroom seminars incorporating real-time incident investigations with a maritime lawyer and casualty surveyor. First introduced to the course in 2019 with fantastic feedback, we are delighted to be joined by an expert surveyor and lawyer from Butterworth Marine who will conduct a simulated incident investigation and trial with the Captain, using real scenarios they witnessed during the previous day in the simulator, using all the evidence they collected to support their case. During the day, the Akzonobel team shall conduct a guided tour of their facilities whilst answering all questions and presenting a seminar on their products, services and after care.

West Nautical, along with Kate Gillespie from KG Maritime, have developed the simulated scenarios to be superyacht-specific and crew-focused to ensure that delegates gain valuable experience in a realistic environment, with the course having been recognised by the Merchant Navy Training Board.

Previous Command and Control Training Course attendees have dealt with situations that have included crew altercations, fires, collisions, distress situations and the rescuing of persons from the water, all whilst dealing with the demands of guests and crew.

Following each simulator session, a debrief takes place where delegates can analyse the actions taken and the responses to the scenarios to allow them to identify any learning points that can be taken back and put into practice on board.

The West Nautical yacht management team are also put through their paces, playing an integral part in the scenarios: dealing with Captains via telephone and testing their own emergency response plans, adapting to the actions of the Captains performance during their training scenarios.

The final day of the programme will be spent at AkzoNobel’s Gateshead factory, where yacht coatings are developed, created and produced on site.

With only a limited number of spaces available this course provides a fantastic opportunity for Captains to network, update their skills and acquire new knowledge to implement once back on board. A series of evening entertainment will also be arranged in some of Newcastle’s finest restaurants.

Speaking of the course, Jean-Marc Bitouzet, Captain of 60-metre motor yacht St David said: “The simulator training was fantastic. These types of training exercises are a must for us as Captains, I felt I learnt a lot from particular scenarios and incidents that were given to us. We forget from time to time that these things can happen and we need to have this type of training to refresh us and remind us of what practice we put in place when we are on our own yachts."

“I have worked for large management companies for over 13 years in the industry and I have not ever been offered this type of training before, I will be highly recommending this to other Captains to join next year”

For further information on the West Nautical Captain’s Command and Control course or to sign up contact or call +44 191 478 9920. You can view the course's FAQs & additional feedback from former participants below.


The two-day command and control course aims to provide delegates with the opportunity to develop decision making skills in line with recommended industry procedures. Delegates will work in simulated scenarios to resolve various issues, with each delegate taking turns to be 'in command'. The third day of the course consists of round table training at the AkzoNobel paint and coatings factory.

Who should apply

This course has been designed for experienced superyacht captains or Chief Officers holding a valid Master 3000GT license or above who are looking for simulated command experience prior to taking their first command.

When is the next course?

The course runs every October, next taking place on the 19th-21st October 2021

How many Captains will attend?

A minimum of six and maximum of twelve delegates will operate in teams of no more than three.

Is there a qualification or certificate at the end?

The West Nautical Superyacht Captain Command and Control Course is a MNTB Navy Training Board recognised course, with an MNTB certificate being awarded to delegates upon completion of the course.

The MNTB recognition status provides delegates with assurances regarding the good practice, process and criteria by which the training course will be formally delivered and the costs involved.

Where is the course?

The simulator used for the course is located at the South Shields Marine School near Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England.

Are there any minimum entry qualifications?

All delegates must hold a valid STCW Reg A-II/2 Master (Yacht) 3000GT or above qualification.

What are the fees?

£1,200.00 plus VAT per person.

What is included in the fee?

The fee is fully inclusive of all airport transfers, local transport, lunch and evening meals and entertainment.

What accommodation is provided?

All delegates are accommodated in the same hotel; the Jurys Inn on the Quayside of the River Tyne, and West Nautical shall provide all local transportation including to and from the Marine School.

The course fee does not include accommodation, which West Nautical shall book on the delegate's behalf at a discounted rate of £70.00 per room per night.

What do I need to bring with me?

Just yourself and your enthusiasm - everything else will be provided!

How do I apply?

Please email to register your interest and we will send you the course application form.

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