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15March 3rd IMPACT Partner meeting was held in Bled

The IMPACT project 3rd partner meeting was held in Bled, Slovenia on 19 November 2012 alongside the 1st International Maritime Conference.

It is now 11 months since the IMPACT project began. The project comes to an end next months in December 2012.  The partners are committed to conclude the project as planned and carry out the intended post-funding development work after the project funding ends in December.

All partners were present at the partner meeting; discussing the remaining tasks to be carried out before the project comes to an end in December.  The sustainability plan is in place to be implemented soon after the project final meeting.  

The Agenda for the partner meeting included the following topics:  

  • Dissemination and Exploitation activities
  • Review of MaritimeTraining Platform
  • Invitation of new projects/products
  • Discussion on 1st International Maritime Training Conference, planned for 20 November 2012
  • Final Report submission


At the end of the partner meeting, partners briefly discussed the Conference, which is expected to take place next day on 20th November 2012.

More news will be available in the coming months. 

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The Partnership consist five major maritime education and training organisations from five EU countries. Each partner has been involved in many ICT based innovative projects and at least one of their products is in this MaritimeTraining platform. 

Centre for Factories of the Future (

C4FF’s maritime education division has had many years of experience in developing programmes based on the international standards for the education and training of merchant navy officers. C4FF has both led and participated in many EU funded projects. C4FF supported the development of MariFuture, a pan-European network of maritime institutions. Marifuture aims to improve education and training practices at European maritime education and training providers (METs), and aims to facilitate the harmonisation of merchant navy officer education and training across Europe. The MariFuture network has instigated many European and European Union funded projects to address specific training deficiencies and problems within the maritime sector

Spinaker (SPIN) ( (

Spinaker d.o.o. is the largest maritime education company in Slovenia. They develop their own training programmes (including content) for all of their courses. The courses are authorised by the Slovenian Maritime Directorate and some of them are used by other smaller maritime education companies. The most important course that SPIN offer is the Short Range Certificate, which is used by some 500 people yearly. SPIN have completed and developed an e-learning system to obtain a Short Range Certificate which is now readily available and is being promoted in all EU countries. It is a requirement of SPIN that all of their teachers/tutors have the Global Operator Certificate and are maritime officers.

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SUAS) (

SUAS is one of the major institutions of higher education in Finland. Its Faculty of Technology and Maritime Management has a substantial reputation in technology and maritime studies and related research. The University has experience in many national and international projects. SUAS has worked with other national and international nautical centres as well as with associated awarding and professional and licensing bodies. They are also the English language training facility providers at the University.

TUDEV Institute of Maritime Studies (TUDEV) ( (

TUDEV Institute is a maritime education and training (MET) provider established by the Turkish maritime industry. TUDEV is part of the maritime employers association and the Turkish Chamber of Shipping. For some 15 years, TUDEV has offered MET courses and a range of short courses to the maritime industry. TUDEV was the instigator of a successful Leonardo project (Safety on Sea - SOS, 2005-07) which led to the formation of the MariFuture platform. TUDEV has also played a key role in several other EU funded projects such as EGMDSS, MarTEL, MarTEL Plus, SURPASS and M'AIDER.

National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) ( (

NMCI offers degree courses in Nautical Science and Marine and Plant Engineering and a Certificate in Navigational Studies (Seamanship) which will suit school leavers and those with experience of working aboard merchant ships or fishing vessels. Professional seafarers seeking further training are also catered for with short courses and preparatory courses for the Certificates of Competency.


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