SKILLSEA: Future-proof skills for the maritime transport sector

Technology and digitalisation are transforming the shipping industry. ‘Smart’ ships are coming into service, creating demand for a new generation of competent, highly skilled maritime professionals. As Europe is a traditional global source of maritime expertise, it is essential to ensure that its professionals have the skills needed in the future.

The SkillSea project aims to ensure that Europe’s maritime professionals possess key digital, green and soft management skills for the rapidly changing maritime labour market. It seeks to not only produce a sustainable skills strategy, but also to increase the number of these professionals - enhancing the safety and efficiency of the vital maritime sector.

Key aims and objectives include:

  • Analysing the effect of technological developments on the industry’s skills requirements
  • An even better match between the industry’s skills needs and the education and training of maritime professionals
  • Overcoming barriers to the mobility of maritime professionals
  • Improving cooperation and synergy between education providers, maritime authorities and the industry
  • Ensuring that Europe retains a world-leading access to maritime skills and experience for improved competitiveness

The future-proof project is developed by the industry’s social partners, the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and is comprised of a consortium from national maritime authorities, shipping companies, shipowners’ associations, maritime trade unions and maritime education providers from 16 countries in Europe. As one of the 27 partners, Danish Shipping has taken on an active role in the SkillSea project, along with SIMAC and the Danish Maritime Authority.

SkillSea is funded by Erasmus+.

The project runs from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2022. 

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