In the coming years, STC Group will be adding new inland vessels to its fleet for its various nautical training courses.

In the design and construction of the ships, the college based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, plans to make use of the knowledge and experience that is present in the organisation. Still, outside parties will also be involved.

Inland Vessel, Barge and Pushboat

First up, an inland vessel will be designed and constructed that will allow a group of pupils or students to stay on board overnight. Next, STC will start work on a barge and pushboat. Both staff and students will be asked to provide input for the new ships.

Name Contest

In mid-May the school started a name contest for the first STC ship. Everyone at STC could enter a name, which resulted in 130 suggestions. A special jury compiled a shortlist of five names: Ab Initio, Inventa, LILY, NIVARES and STC Navigator. Anyone at STC can cast their vote until 6 July. The winning name will be announced at the start of the new school year.

Design Competition

At the start of the new school year, the design competition kicks off. Everyone at STC is asked to form design teams and to come up with innovative designs for the first vessel to be built. The designs have to comply with the requirements and wishes that have been compiled for the instruction vessel. Technical innovations, a functional interpretation and a recognisable appearance must be included in this. The designs will be assessed on sustainability and need to be future-proof.

Picture by Tosaka.