In 1998 MSG MarineServe GmbH was founded as an independent training provider. The first offices of the young MSG were in the heart of Hamburg in a street called “Reimerstwiete”. This location was perfectly situated in close vicinity to the numerous companies within the maritime sector.
The foundations of today’s diversity of training were laid with courses in German shipping law for foreign officers. MSG MarineServe also succeeded in the late 90’s in developing course modules allowing former Navy officers and navigational chief petty officers to convert their navy expertise into merchant shipping licenses after they had passed the relevant training modules/upgrades at MSG.
In early 2000 the course catalogue showed continuous growth. With the implementation of the ISPS Code, MSG was one of the first training providers in Germany to offer the SSO and CSO training course, approved by the Flag State authorities of Germany (BSH), UK (MCA) and Liberia (LISCR).
A few years later the shipping law program was supplemented by UKLAP (UK Legal & Administration Process). This allowed officers of UK flagged ships to be trained and assessed at MSG. The increasing number of courses and participants proved too much for the cozy environment of the first MSG office: relocating the head office became necessary. MSG remained in the neighborhood, however, and moved to new offices at “Bei den Mühren”. The training facilities quickly expanded, initially from one floor and finally to three floors.
In 2007, the foundation for a new training direction was laid: simulation training for ship-specific computer programs and bridge systems. In addition to training on cargo-planning software, the primary focus of this department was familiarization with Radar- and ECDIS-equipment.
At the same time our Non-simulation department was undergoing revolutionary changes. In 2008, when the German Safe Manning Regulations were adapted to match European law, MSG offered the first German shipping law course for EU-Master Mariners and has since further developed and defended its position as market leader.
In 2009 a sister company, Safebridge, was founded. Where MSG MarineServe was focusing on classroom courses, Safebridge completed the training product range with a web based learning platform. In parallel with Safebridge, MSG was able to sign cooperation agreements with leading manufacturers of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS).
Today MSG MarineServe is a Flag State (BSH, Liberia) approved training provider for generic ECDIS courses and also officially approved for type-specific training by the following ECDIS manufacturers: Imtech Marine, JRC, Raytheon Anschütz, Sperry Marine, Danelec Marine and Transas Marine.
Our continuous growth required us to move offices once again and in March 2011 Hammerbrook, a part of Hamburg close to the central station, became the new home of MSG MarineServe. With an increasing number of staff and a state-of-the-art mobile ECDIS classroom (including bridge simulator) we are now able to provide high-class ECDIS training around the globe. In the process of internationalizing the training program, MSG started an initiative in the summer of 2011, which created ETC, the ECDIS Training Consortium: a concept that delivers a standardized ECDIS training program in cooperation with leading training providers worldwide. This ensures uniform, high, standards of ECDIS-training for international officers at the local level thereby cutting down the travel time and costs associated with distant training facilities.