Maritime education in EU : strengths and challenges

Boulougouris, Evangelos and Chrysinas, Leonidas and Vavourakis, Georgios and Mizythras, Panagiotis (2018) Maritime education in EU : strengths and challenges. In: Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2018, 2018-04-16 - 2018-04-19, Reed Messe Wien. (

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In a global competitive world, the education progress from school to University and the continuous professional training is the key to enhance productivity, employability and social stability. Continuous education is a key issue for the evolution of human being, not only in the professional sector of life but also in the personal life, enhancing important elements of the character and personality for each individual. Furthermore, new technologies, regulations and policies in maritime industry reveal the necessity for additional educational schemes that will cover the market needs. Considering the growing challenges of port, shipping and logistics, TrainMoS II and On The MoS Way Network (OTMW-N) European projects aimed to the development of students and professionals skills and laid the foundations for a cross-European maritime educational system. TrainMoS II was the evolution of the TrainMoS project, improving the tools developed during the first phase and covering a whole new range of technical and operational topics, including alternative fuels and technologies, logistic issues (including Single Window Directive 65/2010), damage control (incl. IMO ‘Safe Return to Port’ concept) and evacuation/crisis management operations. TrainMoS II focused on the provision of professional training and vocational education activities to undergraduates and professionals who belong to different sectors in the multimodal transport chain. Individual Modules were open to attendance from students to require a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) certification. At the same time, OTMW-N covered the training needs in the use of alternative fuels in marine industry, such as LNG. OTMW-N was also offering professional training and vocational education through a series of activities in which students obtain the opportunity to enhance their academic background and to implement it in simulation programmes. The present paper presents the results and the contribution of these projects to the maritime community. Stakeholder needs from different sectors of maritime industry are examined and the outcomes of the aforementioned projects are presented and discussed.