International Forum on Seafarer's "Education, Training & Crewing"


Date: 24-25.04.2013

Place: Odessa, Ukraine



For many years the global market for seafarers has suffered from shortage of qualified professionals and, above all, from the lack of fleet officers.
Insufficient number of high-level specialists leads to accidents and significant losses for ship owners, ports and other companies acting in the field of shipping.

In this regard, Odessa National Maritime Academy with the support of IMO, ITF, BIMCO, IAMU, CPMR, IMarEST, NI, BSAMI and other international maritime organizations initiated conduction of International Forum on Seafarers'
Education, and Crewing (ETC 2013) that would bring together a conference and exhibition of the latest achievements in this field. The scheduled date of Forum is April 24th - 25th, 2013.

The managers of state and public organizations, as well as the experts of higher educational establishments, shipping, manning and crewing companies, developers of new training systems and training methods will get the opportunity to meet and exchange experience within the framework of the Forum. The participants will be able to get first hand information about current trends and developments in the field of training, certification and employment of seafarers. New methods and means of training, promising projects and programs of maritime education development, the needs and proposals of the leading operators of maritime manpower market will be represented during the conference and exhibition.

Main Forum Topics

  • legal regulations of training, certification and labor of seafarers
  • competence standards and seafarer employment requirements of shipping, manning and crewing  companies
  • maritime education and training (MET) systems
  • quality management systems
  • on-board training and cadet programs, training fleet
  • simulator training
  • distance education and training, e-learning for seafarers
  • assessment of knowledge, understanding and proficiency
  • refresher and updating courses
  • educational publications and media
  • popularization of seagoing profession
  • training for instructors of educational establishments
  • anti-piracy crew members protection
  • human factor and safety of navigation
  • human resources management: seafarers psychological adjustment to multinational crew
  • on-board medical treatment and care
  • crew insurance
  • MET investment projects

The Forum Opens up Unique Opportunities

Participation in the Forum as a speaker, exponent or delegate provides the companies with wonderful opportunities for communication with the maritime branch professionals, promotes the brands recognizability and favours business partnership establishment.

Ukraine is among the top five countries that provide the world merchant fleet with officers. Being the marine capital of Ukraine, the city of Odessa is one of the largest centers of education, training and employment of seafarers in Europe. There are several higher maritime educational establishments, training and certifying centers of seafarers, representative offices of more than two hundred shipping, manning and crewing companies, the leading maritime publications and about fifty thousand employees of the maritime industry and training institutions in Odessa.

Within the Forum of this magnitude thousands of professionals from around the world are gathered in Odessa.

Welcome to Odessa ETC Forum 2013!

The project coordinators invite all interested organizations to cooperation in the area.

Relevant information concerning the conference and exhibition preparation process can be found on the web-site:




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