This project has received funding from the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme under grant agreement 2018 – 3387/ 001- 001 (Project number 601186)

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. Europe is a traditional global source of maritime expertise and the four-year SKILLSEA project is launched with the aim of ensuring that the region’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 for European maritime professionals, but also to increase the number of these professionals – enhancing the safety and efficiency of this vital sector.

SKILLSEA is a multilateral project, engaging 27 partners from 16 European countries. It brings together social partners, maritime shipping industry, trade unions, research organizations, maritime academies and universities, education and training providers and public authorities. They all have solid expertise and knowledge on the maritime shipping sector, in order to produce a complete and sustainable strategy development cycle from skills needs identification and elicitation (current, medium and long term), design and delivery of VET, to pilot trainings, validation, revision, reapplication as well as stakeholders mobilization and awareness raising as sustainable implementation.

Constanta Maritime University is member at the international project with title:

Future-proof skills for the maritime transport sector (SKILLSEA)
The project coordinator is STC-Group.

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 project runs from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2022.

More information can be found on the Skillsea website: