Dear maritime professional on board (or on leave),


SkillSea (FutureProof Skills for the Maritime Transport Sector) is a new EU-funded ERASMUS+ (Sector Skills Alliance) project aiming at developing strategies, identifying and meeting the future skills' needs of the maritime sector. The work on the four-year project has started in January 2019.

This survey, serving the objectives of the project, seeks to measure gaps between present and future skills as these arise from the trends and drivers in Maritime Shipping and are reflected in maritime professionals' perceptions and expectations. We would be grateful if you could share your views via this short questionnaire. Your views are valuable for the future skills of the European Maritime Shipping sector and for the sector as a whole and it will take just about 10 minutes to complete it. The information provided in the questionnaire will be used for research purposes to inform the project. Your responses will be completely anonymous and never analyzed or displayed individually.

Thank you for your time and for your valuable input and wishes for "fair winds and following seas".

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* 1. When you graduated and started your job in the maritime sector, how would you best describe your skills in relation to what was required to do your job at that time?

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* 2. Think about the level of skills needed to do your job as well as possible. Please rate your own skills level. A rating “0” means you are in need to develop all of the skills required for your job and a rating of “100” means you have all skills required already.

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* 3. What percentage of the knowledge and skills that you acquired during Maritime Education and Training (M.E.T.) is now out of date?

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* 4. How likely or unlikely do you think it is that several of your skills will become outdated in the next five years?

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* 5. Technological progress has a significant impact on the maritime sector. Please present your view regarding the following statement: “Further training is needed because of new developments in my field of work which could not be foreseen during my course of study”

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* 6. Please present your view regarding the following statement: “I could do my job better if I had additional knowledge and skills”.

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* 7. Based on your experience, please rank each of the following skills for seafarers with “1” being the most important and the “5” the least important skill:

  1 2 3 4 5
Automation Skills – Acquire Systems Engineering skills to play a part in new technologies and automation efforts
Data Analytics and Cyber Security Skills – Generate business insights and upkeep cyber security of the fleet and automated systems
Green Shipping Skills/Sustainability – Keep abreast of new developments in green shipping
Transdisciplinary/Transversal Skills – Make connections across disciplines to solve complex problems
Leadership and Management

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* 8. Please assess, from your job daily experience how you would agree or disagree with the following statement: “There is a serious mismatch between what is taught in Maritime Education and Training (M.E.T.) institutions, and what shipping requires”.

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* 9. What is the most important way for you to gain new skills? (one choice)

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* 10. Estimate the degree to which current maritime professionals' skills cover for future needs on board on a 5 year horizon:

  10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%
1.Navigation
2.Digitalization
3.Safety
4.Sustainability - Quality
5.Automation

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* 11. Estimate the degree to which current maritime professionals' skills cover for future needs ashore on a 5 year horizon:

  10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%
1.Operations
2.Digitalization
3.Safety
4.Sustainability - Quality
5.Remote operations

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* 12. Have you studied in an European MET or in a non-European MET?

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* 13. What is your gender?

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* 14. What is your age?

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* 16. What is the work role of your job?

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* 17. Type of vessel you are now onboard:

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