search the rulings of
The Maritime Disciplinary Court of the Netherlands:


Do you want to recieve e-mail notices of new agenda items about hearings, rulings etc. from the Maritime Disciplinairy Court of the Netherlands?
In that case you can subscribe here for notification emails.


The Maritime Disciplinary Court of the Netherlands
The Maritime Disciplinary Court of the Netherlands (Tuchtcollege voor de Scheepvaart) was established on 1 January 2010; from that day it has taken over the disciplinary task from the Dutch Maritime Court (Raad voor de Scheepvaart). The Court has its offices in the Council's rooms in the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, which is also where the public hearings take place.

Chairman and members
The Court operates mainly on the basis of Article 55 of the 'Wet zeevarenden' (Seafarers Act). It consists of a chairman, two deputies and 32 (deputy) members. These members have or used to have a position in the maritime sector. If you click on "Chairman and members" you will see a list of the persons who are currently on the board.

Subject to disciplinary jurisdiction in maritime shipping are ship's officers (captains, navigation officers, marine engineers, maritime officers and radio operators) of ships sailing under the Dutch flag.

Plaint and petition
The Disciplinary Court deals with cases on the basis of complaints, which can be submitted to the Court by interested parties by means of a plaint. Whether or not a complainant is justified to consider himself as an interested party will be decided by the court. Interested parties could be, for instance, crew members, ship owners and insurers. You can download a plaint form, including a separate guideline on how to complete it, by clicking on "plaint".

In addition, the Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment can bring a case before the Court by submitting a petition.

The criterion for whether or not a disciplinary measure will be pronounced is whether the the relevant ship's officer has acted (or has failed to act) in contravention of the care he should observe as a good seaman with regard to crew and passengers, the ship, the cargo, the environment or shipping.

Disciplinary Measures
The following disciplinary measures can be pronounced: a warning, a reprimand, a fine of no more than € 4,500, or a suspension of the shipping permit for a period of no more than two years.

The decisions of the Disciplinary Court are published anonymously on this website. It can also be found in Dutch on

When you click on "procedure"  you will find a concise summary of how the Maritime Disciplinary Court of the Netherlands operates. Here you will be offered the opportunity to download a document to see how the procedures of the Maritime Disciplinary Court of the Netherlands are regulated by law.

Recent agenda items:

2020 december 11


Hearing of cases 2020.V3-Zaanborg and 2020.V4-Zaanborg

Concerning a collision of the Dutch vessel Zaanborg with a platform.
The person concerned case 2020.V3-Zaanborg: the captain
The person concerned case 2020.V3-Zaanborg: the first mate

Members of the Court:
chairman: P.C. Santema
members: E.R. IJssel de Schepper, R.E. Roozendaal, C. Kuiken and N.P. Kortenoeven-Klasen
secretary: E.H.G. Kleingeld

The hearings at the Dutch Maritime Court have been adapted due to the Corona measurements. The protocol used by the Disciplinary Court can be found on our website. If you would like to attend a hearing, you should contact the office of the Disciplinary Court in time. There is a limit to the number of visitors admitted to the courtroom

2020 november 20


Publication of ruling 2019.V3-Dintelstroom

Ruling 2019.V3-Dintelstroom (pdf)

Concerning an accident on board of the Dutch tug boat Dintelstroom in which the first mate was seriously injured.
The person concerned: the captain

2020 november 20


Publication of ruling 2020.V2-Vlistdiep

Ruling 2020.V2-Vlistdiep (pdf)

Inzake een aanvaring van het Nederlands vrachtschip Vlistdiep met het voor anker liggende schip Copenhagen.
Betrokkene: de kapitein