Skills for the Future Maritime Technology

The members of the Seas, rivers and coastal areas Intergroup had the pleasure to host the final conference of the EU – funded project lead by SEA Europe & IndustriALL Europe “Creating a European Skills Council for the Maritime Technology Sector”. This Intergroup event was held on the 1st of March at the European Parliament, the main focus being on the persevering shortage of skilled workers in the maritime labour market. It was to our great joy to welcome a total of approximately 80 participants, which shows that indeed this is a highly important topic on the maritime agenda with a variety of stakeholders involved.  Accordingly, several representatives from the Industry and Trade Unions, as well as Italian, Polish and German Members of the Parliament and the Director-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission Ms Lowri Evans were present and discussed both technological and financial future challenges in the construction and equipment of ships.

The speakers roundtable was moderated by Gesinne Meissner MEP and member of the external advisory board. The Marine Training Platform was present and reenforced their connection with the European maritime sector. This sector has developed highly innovative and specialised technologies in recent years. These major technological advancements naturally result in a high demand for a specially trained workforce. With regards to this, the Marine Training Platform profiles itself as the ideal training overview provider for the maritime sector.