Kees Buckens

Staff profile

Kees Buckens, maritime lecturer

Kees Buckens

Industry Engagement, Simulator Training Manager and Academic Lead Curriculum

Teaching areas

Nautical Science, Leadership & Human Element, and Ship Handling & Ship Simulation


Master Foreign Going

Fellow Nautical Institute (FNI)

MBA (Massey University)

Examiner – Maritime New Zealand, all nautical certificates

Nautical Surveyor Certificate


2015 – present

Industry Engagement & Simulator Training Manager, New Zealand Maritime School, Manukau Institute of Technology:

  • Managing largest Transas Full Mission Bridge simulator in Southern hemisphere, including DP simulation and two full mission TugSimulators; 
  • Teaching at all grades of nautical qualifications; 
  • Nautical Examiner at all levels for STCW qualifications and Domestic.

2001 – 2014        

Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, Programme Coordinator, Foreign Going programmes, New Zealand Maritime School, Manukau Institute of Technology:

  • Teaching at all grades of maritime qualifications; 
  • Examiner at local validity level of maritime studies and STCW qualifications; 
  • Coordinator full mission ship simulator centre (Transas)

Industry activities

2009 – present

Navigation auditor: carry-out (pilot-bridge team) navigation audits on board vessels while underway to verify and enhance pilot-BRM and bridge team performance

1994 – 2001        

Master, Holland America Line, Seattle.


Fellow Nautical Institute

Honorary Secretary/Treasurer of NZ Branch, Nautical Institute

Member Nautical Institute Council, London

Member Honorary Company of Master MarinersMember NVKK, IFSMA & CESMA – (Shipmaster's associations)


2005 "Lifeboat lowering" published in Seaways, September 2005 (report on research in training and awareness of seafarers in particular with regards to recent SOLAS amendments).

2005 "Synchronous & Parametric rolling – a practical approach" published in Seaways, April 2005

2002 "How to work with AIS" published in Seaways, January 2002; and NZ Skipper, issue 32, February/march 2003

2000/01 "Master's column" published in Seaways, several issue in 2000 and 2001

1996 "Medical waste handling" MBA thesis