Over the years it has been an on-going challenge for shipping companies to manage the task of remoulding and improving the safety awareness and understanding of their newly graduated seafarers. This development need has been motivated by many factors and has been pushed by the wish to improve the safety competencies and culture. 


Among many shipping companies there is a general perception that the task of improving seafarer safety and risk awareness is a competence development activity that could have been dealt with more efficiently at an earlier stage. Many seafarer safety competencies should, in other words, have been embedded earlier. In this respect the safety training at the maritime training institutions play an important role.


To improve the timing and quality of the seafarer safety and risk awareness training this project aims at driving a process securing the integration of innovative safety training activities at the maritime training institutions. In this respect there are two overriding competence development goals: 1) To improve the safety competencies of the newly graduated seafarers 2) To help newly graduate seafarers challenge the perceptions on board within the same field of work.


In order to achieve these goals and to provide an adequate starting point for a development process it is of paramount importance to investigate how the safety training at the maritime training institutions is presently carried out and to evaluate this against what can be defined and believed as best practice for this type of training. 


The project defines and describes how the maritime academies can develop their training activities and overall safety culture performance in a positive way.


Project Conclusions – Phase 1


We are missing the horizontal approach. We need to integrate safety management training in all activities. Process descriptions – Our students need to understand the whole work process.


Management, SMU

The project goal for Phase 1, was been to assess to what degree it was possible to develop, improve and integrate safety training and risk awareness at:

PMMA in the Philippines

AMET in India

SMU in China

SIMAC in Denmark


In short, the project task was to carry out a gap analysis between the existing training activities and the perception of the optimum training processes and to identify why, what, how and where to implement improvements.


Based on the gap analysis a number of potential development areas was identified. In short these areas of development where ranging from the overall development of the training institutions’ safety culture, hereunder establishing of visions, missions and goal settings, as well as a safety policy, top management engagement to educational principles applied during safety training, instructor competencies, the training materials used during training activities, student safety competence evaluation, etc., etc. 


In order to support the development processes the project group suggested developing a number of toolboxes (see the full report for details):



  • Top Management Tool Box (See Annex 6)
  • Instructor Tool Box (See Annex 7)
  • Behavioural Role Simulation Tool (See Annex 4)


Based on the feedback and interviews all 4 training institutions showed a very sincere and encouraging interest in the project. All showed high motivation to participate in the development and integration of the suggested improvements. All training institutions saw the project as a useful and important development process and tool to improve the student risk awareness and safety competencies to the benefits of the shipping industry.


Project – Phase 2


In this tool, the top management and instructors toolboxes are provided. These tools will guide you as managers through the process of actually integrate safety training as well as risk management at the academy.


Link to the full report