Shipping Policy

The UGS has a special interest in maritime education and training and, within the national context, it actively contributes to the improvement of the existing education system and facilities. To this end it spares no effort or resources; the UGS offers financial support for repairs to the Merchant Marine Academies to upgrade their infrastructure.

The establishment of Maritime Schools operating under some form of private initiative / organisation is a much needed reform.

The UGS has also put forward a number of proposals for the reform of the education system. For instance, the UGS has proposed the modification of the existing time periods of the cadets’ training voyages. This would enable the “on the job” training to become more beneficial for the cadets but also give them the opportunity to enhance and continue their co-operation with shipping companies even after their graduation.

For the UGS, an administrative reform of the Centre of Post-Training for Deck and Engine Officers (KESEN) aiming at a reduction of redundant formalities and unnecessary bureaucratic procedures could lead to the modernization of the national Maritime Education and Training (MET) system. Also, the establishment of Maritime Schools operating under some form of private initiative / organisation is another much needed reform. Furthermore, the UGS is of the opinion that initiatives and actions are undoubtedly needed also at EU level in order to attract and train a sufficient number of young people to the seafaring profession.