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THE fiNAL CONFERENCE of the vasco da gama project -  1 March 2016 IN bRUSSELS

 The project  “Vasco Da Gama - Training for Greener and Safer Maritime Transport “ (VDG-TGSMT) 

is cofinanced by the EU. It was approved by DG MOVE of the European Commission in December 2013.

The aim of the VDG-TGSMT is to contribute to achieving the development of high professional skills and the development of Education and Training within the EU (and in particular, improve the skills of persons employed in the European shipping with a view to addressing specific challenges such as maritime safety and reduction of environmental damage- and lay the foundations for mobility within Europe, involving education and training institutions (along the lines of a ‘maritime Erasmus’).

The project leader is the CPMR, an organisation that brings together some 150 regional authorities. Many of them (around 30) are implicated in the generic initiative Vasco Da Gama, which main aim is to promote – via mobility – the attractiveness of maritime promotion. This initiative was launched by the CPMR in 2010 and this project is one of its achievements.







To implement the project, the CPMR will run operational work packages with the active collaboration of key actors and experts in the field of maritime and training education

Training for maritime safety

This work package aims to secure the future skills of seafarers through the design and testing of a cross-national sustainable shipping Master Programme within a network of European Maritime Academies.

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Training and maritime simulators

This work package includes a diversity of activities addressed to the development of training with maritime simulators based on the experience of relevant European training institutes.

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Greening maritime transport

This Work Package aims to increase environmental awareness among naval cadets and seafarers in Europe. It thereby contributes to sustainable use of the seas and oceans and compliance with environmental regulations for maritime transport by professionals working in the maritime industry. 

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Maritime Erasmus

The objectives of this work package is to design and implement an exchange pilot action within METs. It will shape a common pilot training program “Maritime Erasmus” at EU level for students in the maritime transport sector.

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