The Ship Handling Research and Training Centre at Ilawa is owned by the Foundation for Safety of Navigation and Environment Protection, which is a joint venture between the Gdynia Maritime University, the Technical University of Gdansk and the City of Ilawa.
Two main fields of activity of the Foundation are:
Training in ship handling. Since 1980 more than 4800 ship masters and pilots from 40 countries were trained at Ilawa Centre. The Foundation for Safety of Navigation and Environment Protection, being non-profitorganisation is reinvesting all spare funds in new facilities and each year to the existing facilities new models and new training areas were added. Existing training models each year are also modernised, that's why at present the Centre represents a modern facility perfectly capable to perform training on ship handling of shipmasters, pilots and tug masters.
Research on ship's manoeuvrability. Many experimental and theoretical research programmes covering different problems of manoeuvrability (including human effect, harbour and waterway design) are successfully realised at the Centre.
The Foundation possesses ISO 9001 quality certificate.