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12May IMPACT Dissemination at the European Maritime Day 2012 event

IMPACT Partners disseminated the IMPACT Project at Gothenburg, Sweden at European Maritime Day 2012. It included joining RORO event – where the future of the industry was under the spotlight.

The European Maritime Day is celebrated annually. Gothenburg, Sweden, hosted the event this year with the attendees from all over the world.  The purpose is to highlight the importance of the seas and oceans and the challenges facing maritime regions and sectors. Several events were organised across Europe and the main event is held in one place, in the form of a high level meeting and a stakeholder conference. The theme of this year’s conference was “Sustainable growth from the oceans, seas and the coasts: Blue growth”.

IMPACT Partners disseminated the IMPACT Platform in European Maritime Day in 20th, 21st and 22nd of May in Gothenburg, Sweden. Professor Ziarati from TUDEV had discussions with senior representatives of several European countries and arrangements have been made to discuss the outcome of IMPACT Platform at the 1st IMPACT Conference in Slovenia.  Leaflets and other dissemination materials were distributed to the participants.

During the European Maritime Day, partners attended RORO Conference. Dissemination activities involved discussions with senior industrialists at RORO - where the future of industry was under the spotlight.

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From left to right: Dip Ing Alecos Michaelides, Permanent Secretary, Republic of Cyprus, Professor Dr Reza Ziarati and Professor Bjorn Kjerfve, President of World Maritime University at the world Maritime Day, Gothenburg.


Professor Dr Ziarati, directing questions at keynote speakers discussing lack of major mineral discoveries in recent years.

20May IMPACT Presentation at IMO STW43 Event in London

The IMPACT Project was presented by Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SUAS) at STW43 (Sub-committee on Standards of Training and Watch-keeping) in London, UK, 30 April – 5 May 2012.

Prior to STW43 presentation, a presentation was made at in Finland on 17 April with the attendance of all Finnish delegates. IMPACT Project and Platform were presented to delegates to get their views. Having received positive feedbacks from Finnish delegates, SUAS team was in a position to present IMPACT Project and Platform at STW43 Meeting in London.

Presentation for IMPACT at STW43 was made at the main assembly room after the morning session on 3, May 2012, at 1245-1315. A stand was allocated in parallel to the presentation at the event. The content of the presentation was mainly on the IMPACT Platform and its current constituent products (MarTEL, MarEng Plus, EGMDSS, NetOSKAR and MEP).

After the presentation, questions were directed from the audience where a number of countries’ representatives were present such as IMCA, IAMU, MCA and so forth. The audience was impressed with the project idea and products. Further information was presented to the interested parties such as South Africa, Greece and Latvia after the presentation. Mr. Tushar Bijur from MCA - Seafarer Training Branch - was quite interested and further information was provided to him after the congress. A number of dissemination materials were made available at the meeting hall.

Apart from the presentation of SUAS at the STW43 Meeting, relevant notes were taken for the consideration of IMPACT consortium on the subjects discussed at STW43 event:

  • minimum international standards for training and certification of seafarers;
  • principles of safe watchkeeping;
  • maritime safety, security, and environmental protection culture in all ship operations;
  • review of the principles of safe manning of ships and training issues related to the human element taking into account technological, organizational, and social developments;
  • promotion of awareness of lessons learned from the analysis of accident and incident reports and information;
  • review, updating and revision of IMO model courses; and
  • co-ordination with relevant UN bodies, IGOs and NGOs on international standards related to the training and certification of seafarers.

Click here to download the presentation of SUAS.

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20May Project Kick off Meeting

The IMPACT project’s 1st Partner meeting was held in Slovenia on 15-16 February 2012 with the attendance of all partner organisations. C4FF (Centre for Factories of The Future), UK; TUDEV Institute of Maritime Studies, TURKEY; SUAS (Satakunta University of Applied Sciences), Finland; NMCI (Nautical Maritime Collage of Ireland), Ireland and Spinaker d.o.o, Slovenia, were present to discuss the project aims and work plan.

The strong emphasis was given to Establishment of Steering Committee that will be composed of partners and associate partners in the maritime industry. Additionally, representatives from the chamber of shipping, employers’ associations, academics, and awarding, accrediting and licensing bodies will be included in the Steering Committee. If you would like to be member of IMPACT Steering Committee, please get in touch with project coordinator, Dr. Martin Ziarati, via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact us

A valorisation plan is being developed from the previous LLP projects to disseminate and exploit the project products effectively. It is the initial plan of the partner consortium to disseminate the project in major conferences such as IMLA 20 (International Maritime Lecturer Association); and committees, for example, STW 43 (Sub-committee on Standards of Training and Watch-keeping), EU events such as The European Maritime Day 2012, and so on. Several papers have, or being, planned presented at these events accordingly.

The project will initially study 5 case studies in accordance with the quality criteria being developed. Existing case studies being evaluated as part of the IMPACT Project are online ICT products as listed below:

·         MarTEL (Maritime Test of English)

·         MarEng and MarEng Plus (Maritime English Learning Tools)

·         NetOSKAR (Maritime Competence Assessment Tool)

·         MEP (Maritime Training Courses)

·         EGMDSS (Short and Long Range GMDSS Certification)

The IMPACT platform will enable further ICT (Information, Communication Technology) based Maritime related products to be evaluated. All submitted products will be studied by the project consortium and will be quality assessed through a set of quality criteria and, will be promoted by IMPACT platform if it passes the quality threshold.  If you are a project consortium, an MET or an individual and have worked or are working on an innovative maritime product based on ICT and you want to promote it; you can submit it to IMPACT consortium for evaluation. Visit ( “Good practice” section for more information.

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