Technological development project

SEA Europe – the Shipyards’ and Maritime Equipment Association of Europe – has welcomed the signing of the EU-funded project “Futureproof Skills for the Maritime transport sector” (SkillSea).

This project aims at developing strategies to identify and meet future skills’ needs in the maritime transport sector, to attract more European maritime professionals and to map technological developments in ship operations and their effect for the industry's skills needs. This four-year project will start in January 2019.

SEA Europe will be a partner to SkillSea and offer its technological expertise and knowledge, in particular for the identification and analysis of technology skills’ gaps and needs.

Christophe Tytgat, SEA Europe’s Secretary General said: “We very much welcome this project since it will greatly contribute to ensuring that the maritime transport sector can attract or maintain people with the right skill and training, especially in a fast developing technological era characterised by digitalisation, automated operations and even (semi-)autonomous shipping”.

SEA Europe claims to represent close to 100% of the European shipbuilding industry in 16 nations, encompassing the production, maintenance, repair and conversion of all types of ships and floating structures, commercial as well as naval, including the full supply chain with the various producers of maritime systems, equipment material, and services.

By Jake Frith

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