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. 

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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

Short courses

View the list of Maritime short courses


Maritime programme dates and fees

Programmes and Courses

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.

Industry engagement

Companies and stakeholders we engage with include: