The first special offshore safety training was provided to employees of the N.A.M. (a joint venture between Shell and Exxon) in 1976. During this period, the search for oil and gas in the North Sea was fully underway, and there was a growing need for special safety training for offshore personnel.


In the early years these courses were provided by the Noorderhaaks Nautical College, based in the eye-catching premises on the Ankerpark in Den Helder. The theory lessons for the offshore courses were taught in the specially equipped classroom in the basement.


DHTC roots

Practical sessions were held in the local swimming pool De Schots and near the N.A.M. gas station alongside the Noordholland Canal using a rescue capsule suspended from a small platform.

History of safety training in Den Helder.

1976      First offshore training for N.A.M by Nautisch College Noorderhaaks
  -  soon also Placid, Petroland & Wintershall participate in these new offshore courses.
1984 Establishment of Dutch Offshore Training Centre (D.O.T.C.) Foundation.
1990 Establishment of  RUTH BV,  located on the Paleiskade 70 in Den Helder.
  -  First HUET training facilities and unit in the Netherlands
1993 Establishment of International Fire Safety Centre Noordkop (IFSC Noordkop)
  -  a fully enclosed fire exercise hall at Kooypunt Industrial estate in Den Helder.
  DOTC Foundation becomes DOTC BV.
1997 DOTC, RUTH and IFSC Noordkop continue as one company DHTC bv.
  - The Free-Fall lifeboat installation becomes operational
1998 ISO 9001 certification.
1999 The R.O.C. Kop van Noord-Holland becomes the sole shareholder and owner of DHTC bv
2000 First Offshore Wind safety training for a Swedish offshore wind project.
2002  DHTC's Fire-fighters Fire House operational.



Relocation of DHTC offices from Paleiskade 31 to Zeilmakersweg 10, at Kooypunt 
industrial estate, Den Helder.


DHTC receives certification from The Netherlands Fire-Fighters examination board (Nbbe) as an
official examination centre for fire-fighters examination (rated in the highest safety category)


ISO 9001:2008 certification Bureau Veritas Certification.


DHTC becomes a member of Brandweertrainingen Nederland bv (Fire Brigade Training
Nederlands BV) a group of independent training centres for Fire-Brigades in The Netherlands


DHTC officially registered in the FPAL system
2012 Introduction of the AW139 type helicopter fire fighting training unit.


Recertification of STCW courses based upon the 2010 Manila Amendments.


Cooperation with SOMA Bedrijfsopleidingen, Banksman Offshore courses possible in Den Helder


DHTC is the 3rd training center in the Netherlands to recieve the new TÜV-Rheinland
"Fire Department Training certification".
2014 Introduction of the new SEFtec Configurable HUET trainer.
2015 Certification of STCW'10 Refresher courses based upon the 2010 Manila Amendments.
  Introduction of the CFBT Attack Cell training unit for fire brigades
  Commissioning of a new industrial process installation designed for offshore and industrial
firefighting courses.
2016 Certification of the Basic Safety Fishery course.