Evaluation of education in the maritime sector

05/2015–08/2017

Finnish maritime education, certificates and watchkeeping are governed by the STCW Convention of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Directive 2008/106/EC on the minimum level of training of seafarers, which is also based on the Convention. The objective of the Convention and the Directive is to unify the education of seafarers on the international level and to define the required minimum skills for different certificates. The Convention requires that IMO approves the education and certificate system of every country as well as their quality management system based on an independent assessment. In this assessment, the independent party is represented by FINEEC. The assessment must be conducted every five years and the results of the assessment are reported to IMO and the European Union. Only those education units that have been approved by IMO have the right to provide education that leads to an international certificate of competency.

The assessment is conducted in cooperation with the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi) between May 2015 – August 2017. The assessment focuses on the vocational institutions and universities of applied sciences that offer education in the maritime sector. The assessment ensures that the Finnish organisations offering education in the maritime sector have functional quality management systems and procedures to provide education that fulfils the quality criteria of the STCW Convention (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) and that the education unit fulfils the requirements of the STCW Convention. Simulator training will be assessed as a national focus area. The assessment will be conducted by an external assessment group appointed by Karvi.

The assessment is based on a self-assessment by each educational organisation, background materials, and an evaluation visit by the assessment group. The education unit-specific evaluation visits will be conducted during April 2016 – January 2017.

The national report on the assessment will be completed in autumn 2017, and the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi) will report the results of the assessment to the International Maritime Organisation IMO and the EU.

Contact persons in FINEEC:

Counsellor of Evaluation Aila Korpi (whole project)
tel. +358 29 533 5536, firstname.lastname@karvi.fi

Senior Advisor Touko Apajalahti
tel. +358 29 533 5502, firstname.lastname@karvi.fi

Senior Advisor Mirella Nordblad (Swedish-language education units)
tel. +358 29 533 5541, firstname.lastname@karvi.fi