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Training Seminar on Additive Manufacturing and Risk Management in the Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Sectors

MATES Pilot Experiences and Training materials
10 - 11 June 2021


EQF 3-7
Educational material: Risk Management Plan template, Glossary of terms, Course slides, Layman report
Pilot format: online

The aim of the training seminar “Additive Manufacturing and Risk Management in the Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Sectors” was to support the sectors’ workforce through upskilling and reskilling in green technologies. To this end, growth and employment in the maritime sector will be enhanced through a focus on the environmental and digital dimension of the sector.


Target Audience: Professionals with a technical background who are involved in the shipbuilding and ship-repair value chain seeking to gain knowledge, skills and qualifications related to green technologies and innovation in the sector, and specifically, additive manufacturing, 3D printing and risk management processes to enhance health and safety, operations and supply chain management. 


Time and Date (Download the agenda here)

  • 1st Day: 10/06/2021 at 16:00-19:00 (Athens time)
  • 2nd Day: 11/06/2021 at 16:00-18:00 (Athens time)


Expected Outcomes

Participants gained valuable experience, knowledge and skills on how to efficiently use green technologies, specifically additive manufacturing and 3D printing, in the shipbuilding and ship-repair value chains.

This Pilot Experience aimed to test the transfer of results from the MATES Skills Strategy to Greece. Involvement of key training providers was key and its replication and scale-up in other countries within a European context is expected.



The first online workshop on “Technical training and education in the shipbuilding and ship repair sector” was successfully held on March 1 2021, organised by CERTH/HIT with the support of the Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs & Insular Policy and in collaboration with the University of Piraeus and the Port Training Institute “EXANTAS” in the context of their tripartite cooperation. The meeting was attended by representatives of the aforementioned bodies as well as from the Association of Craftsmen-Employers Machinists of Piraeus, the Panhellenic Association of Ship Suppliers, the Association of Shipbuilding Companies (SENAVI).

Through the suggestions made by the attendees and the analysis performed by the project team in relation to the project results so far, the importance of additive manufacturing was highlighted, in particular 3D printing. 3D printing is increasingly being adopted by the industry globally and is now an integral part of green skills in the shipbuilding sector  for both the short and the long term. Its contribution to the risk management process of the sector is also gradually emerging, with regard to the health and safety of the workforce as well as operations and supply chain management. The training seminar “Additive Manufacturing and Risk Management in the Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Sectors” took into account the analysis and outcomes of the workshop.



Leading experts provided training in Additive Manufacturing – 3D printing and its applications in the shipbuilding and ship-repair sectors, and risk management for enhancing health and safety, operations and supply chain management.

Course Instructors

The course trainers are professionals from the sector and provided a practical approach based on the real needs of the industry. International experts were invited to support this course by sharing their technical expertise and know-how.

  • Sotiris Theofanis, Professor of Practice, CITY College, University fo York Europe Campus & South – East European Research Center (SEERC). President of EXANTAS Port Training Institute. Email:
  • Athanasios Fourtounas, Trainer – Economist – ex. Director of Logistics in JLSG NATO (Italy), M.Sc., Μ.Α., PMP, PMI-RMP, PM² Trainer. Email:
  • George Smyrnakis (WEGEMT)
  • Petros Protopapadakis (IME-GSEVEE)
  • Manolis Velidakis (GET3D)
  • Konstantinos Kouretsos (3DHUB)
  • Panagiotis Velisariou (YLEM)


MATES ‘Strategy Baseline Report’ Lines Of Actions being addressed

The MATES Strategy Baseline report consists of results which were obtained from the extensive work carried out by the MATES partners; workshops with experts, Delphi questionnaires, desktop studies and surveys. This report synthesises the MATES strategy baseline to bridge the skills gap between training offers and the industry demands in the Maritime Technologies value chain. The full report can be accessed here. Below are the Lines of Actions identified in the report (see pages 17 and 18) which the Training Seminar addressed (SB = shipbuilding):

  • SB1: Training, reskilling/ upskilling workforce in the use of digital and data driven technologies (big data, Internet of Things, cloud computing, 3D printing, artificial intelligence)
  • SB3: Training, reskilling/ upskilling workforce in the use technologies for minimising environmental impact in shipbuilding (sustainable practices, reduction of polluting emissions, construction materials and antifouling systems)
  • SB4: Optimising the processes of decontamination and recycling of decommissioned vessels.
  • SB5: Promoting a better matching of trainings to current needs in technical disciplines (electrical systems, beam welding and various other techniques like gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding and oxyacetylene welding, fitting and cutting)
  • SB6: Progressive introduction and increasing relevance of 21st century skills within the training offer (“Soft skills” e.g. creative thinking and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration, knowledge management and transfer, flexibility and adaptability, initiative and self-direction, productivity and accountability).
  • SB9 Skills ecosystems: meeting points for the most relevant stakeholders from industry, academia and research.

Policy and Industry Partners

The training seminar is supported by the Hellenic Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy, the Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other industry associations.




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