The International Maritime Institute of New Zealand (IMINZ) is a leading provider of training for the fishing, maritime transport and maritime tourism industries.
Located in Nelson, the International Maritime Institute of New Zealand (IMINZ) is part of Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. Since 1976 when we opened as the New Zealand School of Fisheries, and later as the Nelson Maritime School, we’ve been training outstanding seafarers – that hasn’t changed.
Today, we attract students from around the world who go on to exciting global maritime careers. That’s why in 2014 we changed our name to the International Maritime Institute of New Zealand. Our tutors are expert mariners with many years of industry experience and we offer an extensive range of maritime licenses and short courses, training to STCW standards.
Nelson is the largest fishing port in Australasia and a centre for the maritime industry. Nelson-based companies control the largest share of New Zealand’s fishing quota and the region has the country’s largest fishing fleet as well as significant tourist and merchant shipping operations. The seafood industry is the country’s fifth largest exporter – hugely important to New Zealand’s economy and people. Find out more
View the list of Maritime short courses
Programmes and Courses
Certificate in Inshore Launch Master (ILM) (Skipper Restricted Limits)
Diploma in Mate of a Deep Sea Fishing Vessel (1MDSFV) (Mate Fishing Vessel Unlimited)
Diploma in Master of a Deep Sea Fishing Vessel (MDSFV) (Skipper Fishing Vessel Unlimited)
Diploma in Second Mate Foreign Going Ship (Watchkeeper Deck Unlimited)
Certificate in Advanced Deckhand (Fishing) (ADH-F)
Certificate in NZ Offshore Watchkeeper (NZOW) (Mate Fishing Vessel Limited & Watchkeeper Deck 500t Near Coastal & Skipper Coastal Offshore)
Certificate in NZ Offshore Master (NZOM) (Skipper Fishing Vessel Limited & Master 500t Near Coastal)
Certificate in Marine Engineer Class 5 (MEC5) (including MEC6)
Certificate in Superyacht Crewing
National Certificate in Seafood Processing with strands in Basic Processing Skills and Intermediate Processing Skills
Maritime Operations - Skipper Restricted Limits
Diploma in Marine Engineering Class 3 and Class 4
Maritime NZ as the national maritime regulator, approves maritime training programmes and ensures they meet the standards of STCW and STCW-F. Maritime NZ also sets the competencies under the SeaCert licensing framework that must be met for seafarers to be issued a certificate.
Companies and stakeholders we engage with include:
- Strait Shipping
- Silver Fern Shipping
- Sanford Limited
- Independent Fisheries
- Whale Watch
- Real Journeys
- Wilsons Abel Tasman
- SiS Training & Consulting
- Gourmet Sailing & Nelson Charters
- Seafood Training Services
- Port Nelson
- SPC - Secretariat of the Pacific Community