Training is crucial for the high-tech shipping industry

As ships are impressive, precious achievements of technology and automation, shipowners will not entrust their vessels to anyone, but highly-qualified personnel.

People seeking maritime employment must receive suitable training in accordance with international standards. Moreover, continuous on the job training is needed to keep up with the ongoing automation trends and the ever more demanding international regulations on safety, protection, the environment, etc.

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Preserving the knowledge and experience in the shipping sector is a challenge

In the course of their training and career, seafarers acquire much experience. Belgium’s maritime industry definitely has a vested interest in preserving such knowhow.

Both the Flag State maritime authorities and the port authorities, as well as classification societies, shipowners, agents, etc. very much want to recruit former seafarers.