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About the maritime industry

This is one of the oldest industries and is essential for making offshore operations possible and keeping it running smoothly. A range of professional skills are relevant to this continuously growing industry making it a secure and attractive vocational option. 

The maritime industry spans numerous professional areas related to ports, logistics, surveying, offshore energy, safety and environment, and shipping, manning and operations to name a few.

The size of the industry can be seen in the numbers. More than 90 % of everything consumed was transported by ship. Half a billion tons of cargo goes through Europe's seaports every year. The largest container ships can carry 15 000 containers, and in 2015, more than 180 million of them were shipped.

Oil & Gas is one of the fastest growing sectors and there is a constantly increasing demand for professional skills. A large part of work done and skills required in this industry is offshore.

Maritime course formats

Many of the skills required in the maritime industry require theoretical and practical training and these courses would typically be provided in classroom settings or onsite. Due to the vast expanse of this industry, many courses can be taken online or through distance learning. This allows the participant the freedom of studying when and where they choose to.

After you have found a course that meets your needs, ask the course provider for more information about their course teaching methods. 

Points to consider regarding your maritime courses are:

  • Where will the maritime course be held? In-company, in the student's home, at one of the course providers’ locations, or online?
  • How will the course be delivered?
  • Can the maritime course accommodate your specific needs?
  • Will the expected finishing level of the course match your requirements?
  • What qualifications does your maritime course trainer have?
  • What experience does your trainer have in your professional area?

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

IMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is responsible for the standard-setting of safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships. Shipping is an international industry and it is essential that the regulations and standards be agreed to ensure it operates effectively. IMO focusses on the following areas within the industry:

  • Maritime Safety
  • Maritime Security
  • Marine Environment
  • Legal Affairs
  • Human Element
  • Facilitation
  • Technical Cooperation
  • Member State Audit Scheme & Implementation Support
  • Conferences
  • Communications and Outreach

There are maritime courses for those starting out in the industry as well as for the seasoned professional looking to hone their skills or to acquire new ones.

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