The role of Consorzio 906:
Technical support

This project, which is promoted by a consortium of 27 organisations from 16 different European countries, will favour European-level cooperation between the maritime industry, training centres and authorities in the sector in order to identify training requirements and promote the development of a long-term action plan that will contain a series of recommendations and guidelines for a pan-European roadmap, with a view to adopting a sustainable,
future-proof system of maritime expertise. This will create equal conditions at European level, in respect of training standards. SkillSea will develop mixed learning packages, encompassing digital skills (reflecting changes in the sector and new forms of learning), green skills (reflecting a green approach to navigation), transverse skills and knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


  • Developing a common strategy for future-proof education and training of maritime professionals both on board and on land
  • Promoting European cooperation to guarantee high quality maritime training that meets market needs
  • Helping to make the maritime sector more attractive
  • Guaranteeing sustainability of the European maritime industry thanks to a European-level maritime skills identification system

SkillSea: statistics


organisations taking part


European countries involved


years of work


million euro of EU funding

    SkillSea: partners

    FORMARE – Polo Nazionale Formazione per lo Shipping, STC Group (STC), ECSA – European Community Shipowners’ Associations, ETF – European Transport Workers’ Federation, NTNU, SIMAC – Svendborg International Maritime Academy, Eugenides Foundation – Idryma Evgenidoy, EMERA – Estonian Maritime Academy of Tallinn University of Technology, HSB – Hochschule Bremen, Faculty of Maritime Studies – University of Rijeka, Cork Institute of Technology, Fleetwood Blackpool and The Fylde College – Fleetwood Nautical Campus, LJMU – Liverpool John Moores University, HSBA – Hamburg School of Business Administration, Panepistimio Aigaiou – University of the Aegean, Constanta Maritime University, ENSM – École Nationale Supérieure Maritime, Escuela de Ingenierías Marina, Náutica y Radioelectrónica – University of Cadiz, SEA Europe, ESA – Enterprise Shipping Agency, Nautilus International, Danish Shipping, Danish Maritime Authority, Stena Line Scandinavia AB, SLN – Romanian Seafarers Free Union from Merchant Fleet, Poland Seafarer’s Union, SGMer – Secrétariat Général de la Mer.


    • 1. Identification of skills

      • Training requirements in the maritime sector will be identified/mapped in order to identify new skills in the sector and to formulate innovative training packages that meet market demand

      2. Future-proof education and training

      • The design and distribution of educational packages for maritime roles, and facilitation of worker mobility in the maritime sector. This will also include pilot schemes for the internal and external testing of the partnerships for these training models
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    • 3. Strategy

      • Development of a pan-European strategy for future maritime roles, based on statistics, data, and research in order to identify an overall strategy
      • Development of an online cooperation platform aimed at sharing know-how and useful information, which can be used as a sustainable digital tool and will be structured on the basis of the results of the first two activities

      4. Awareness-raising and mobilising interested parties

      • The raising of awareness, the dissemination and promotion of maritime careers and training models at national, regional and European level, in the relevant sector and also in the public sector
      • Development of a network of stakeholders
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    • 5. Implementation

      • Implementation of the results at national, regional and European level by involving sector stakeholders, public authorities, external stakeholders and training centres
      • Participation and organisation of meetings/sector clusters
      • Development of a long-term action plan containing a series of recommendations and guidelines, by producing a European roadmap for a strategy of sustainable skills and to guarantee project scalability

      6. Quality and project management

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    Jan 2019 - Dec 2022


    € 3.996.555 total cost
    € 3.996.555 UE funding

    European cooperation in order to future-proof the education and training of maritime professionals

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