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ABS Joins Discussions on Future Skills for European Shipbuilding and Offshore Sectors

Posted on Jul 05, 2018

MATES Consortium

ABS was invited to join the EU-funded Maritime Alliance for fostering the European Blue economy through a Marine Technology Skilling Strategy in Rotterdam.

Known as MATES for short, the consortium is made up of nine industry partners, six universities and two research organizations. Over a period of four-years, MATES will analyze the evolution of maritime technologies in Europe in order to develop a strategic plan to enhance the industry’s competitiveness by adapting existing training.

The project aims to bring together the educational, scientific and industrial communities through a meeting of a group of experts, these experts comprised of 15 delegates from eight European countries. Open discussion was encouraged, allowing participants to share comments and exchange ideas. 

“Through this involvement, ABS will be positively exposed to the marine community and interact with industry and academia to discuss key areas that will benefit all participants and spur innovation”, said Dr. Ioannis Ergas of the Global Ship Systems Center in Greece, ABS’s representative to the MATES project.