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Maritime Energy Management Training Strategic Partnership (MariEMS).
Start date: Oct 1, 2015, End date: Mar 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Why? Background of project - A global approach for the development of energy efficiency systems including an effective emission control is led by the IMO on account of the continued rapid growth of the world trade in the maritime transport. (IMO2012). According to GL (2012), IMO has mandated certain measures related to energy efficiency in international shipping as listed below: Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) which mandates energy efficiency standards for new ships; Energy Efficiency Operational Index (EEOI) to provide a tool for measuring the ship’s fuel efficiency in operation and monitor the effect of any variations e.g. more frequent propeller cleaning or improved voyage planning or introduction of technical measures such as a new propeller or waste heat recovery systems; and Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP), a management tool for ship owners. These three standards came into force on January 1, 2013 within a new chapter of MARPOL Annex VI. Complex technologies will be involved in building a ship efficiency system by the marine suppliers since as stated earlier the life expectancy of vessels is estimated to be around 30 to 40 years and also of the mandatory regulations to be met as set by IMO (Oceana 2013). What? Objectives - Currently there is no standard for the proposed role of the Energy Manager as proposed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). This project proposes the development of an energy managers job specification and a training programme for it specifically for the shipping industry to be able to continually improve its energy management on board ships with the view to save energy, reduce pollution and to improve the overall quality of energy management. The intention is also to encourage shipping companies to seek ISO 50000 certification. The expectation is to develop a specification and a training programme for the newly established ship energy managers helping to develop tailor-made arrangements for more efficient use of energy on board ships and their interactions with ports in line with the Energy Management System of ISO 50000. This would allow setting targets and objectives, with a requirement to monitor use of energy and to assess how well the proposed arrangements are effective on pilot basis. Maritime is a transnational sector and it is important to bring in partners which have knowledge of ship types, ship propulsion, ship navigation, energy production, electrical and mechanical parts and circuitry, safety issues, national certification, accreditation and validation of learning materials, pedagogical aspects of learning and last but by no means least online application. Who? Number and profile of participants – the partnership is composed on an organisation (C4FF) with unique knowledge of energy production and engine emissions, the project manager has considerable experience of job specification and training programme development and their validation and recognition internationally. C4FF is supported in the UK by one of the two major universities (SSU) with considerable experience of developing and offering high quality maritime programmes and as a university is an awarding body in itself. The university will work closely with professional bodies and relevant training boards and licensing authorities to ensure the specification and its associated training programme will receive the recognition intended. C4FF and SSU are supported by four Maritime Education and Training (MET) providers (SUAS in Finland (North); BAU in Turkey (South); MUS in Poland (East) and UPC in Spain (West) covering the periphery of the Europe to ensure multiplier activities reach as many as countries in Europe as possible. The partnership is complemented by a shipping company (Makroshipping) and a port (Rauma) to make sure the specification and training programme takes all practical aspects into consideration. SPIN in Slovenia has been invited into the partnership to support C4FF in the development of a novel online e-learning platform similar to the one developed by SPIN and C4FF in previous EU funded projects such as EGMDSS and MarTEL ( and many of the projects by the partnership has been selected as Best in Europe by the EU.

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