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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 55A 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 Water Management 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:

2024 june 14


Hearing 2023.V14-Muntgracht

Concerning a collision between the Dutch ship the Muntgracht and a buoy, after which the buoy was towed by the ship to the port.
Person concerned: the chief mate

Members of the Court:
chairman: J.M. van der Klooster, LL.M.
members:  H.H. Pannekoek and V.C. Engel
secretary: K. Bouchla, LL.M.

If you would like to attend the hearing, live or online, you should contact the office of the Disciplinary Court in time. There is a limit to the number of visitors admitted to the courtroom.

2024 april 19


Publication ruling 2023.V13-Douwe-S

The English translation of the ruling of case 2023.V13-Douwe-S was published on the website of the Maritime Disciplinary Court on 19 April 2024. Below you will find the link to the translated ruling. The ruling can also be found on the Disciplinary Court's website under the heading archive rulings.

Ruling 2023.V13-Douwe-S (pdf)
Regarding a collision of the Dutch vessel Douwe-S with the port side boom of a fishing vessel in the Celtic Sea.
Person concerned: the second mate

2024 april 10


Publication rulings Reggeborg

Ruling 2023.V2-Reggeborg
Person concerned: the captain

Ruling 2023.V3-Reggeborg
Person concerned: the first mate

Ruling 2023.V4-Reggeborg
Person concerned: the second mate

Ruling 2023.V5-Reggeborg
Person concerned: the third mate

Ruling 2023.V6-Reggeborg
Person concerned: the second engineer