Basque Maritime Cluster

The Basque Maritime Cluster is the Cluster of the Maritime Industries of the Basque Country, a European region with a large maritime tradition and concentration of shipbuilding, ports and maritime industry.

It represents, promotes, and provides services to improve the competitiveness and growth of companies in the sector, through collaboration, internationalization and innovation, as well as promoting a maritime and collaborative culture.

It brings together 233 associates involved in all the steps of the maritime supply chain. Among its members, the Basque Maritime Cluster includes shipyards, maritime equipment and technology providers, ports, shipowners, financial institutions, public administrations, museums, energy companies as well educational and training institutions such as VET centres and Universities specialised in maritime education and training. The Basque Maritime Cluster has more than 20 years of experience in developing training actions to improve the qualification of workers and to train and attract new talent into the sector.

Within the LeaderSHIP Project, the Basque Maritime Cluster will develop a report mapping the composition of each regional maritime ecosystems involved in the project, including:

  • Identification of stakeholders involved in each ecosystem.
  • Relevant RIS3 (Smart Specialization Strategy) priorities related to the maritime sector.
  • Ecosystem Strengths and Needs of the ecosystem in terms of innovation, sectorial skills, and competitiveness.

This milestone will allow the project partners to achieve milestone 2: Broader and stronger cooperation under the Shipbuilding Pact for Skills and engage regional stakeholders to the Pact4Skills.


Contact us:

Ana Medibil Training and Employment Manager

Sarai Blanc Managing Director

LeaderSHIP Dissemination Event in Galati, Romania

Skills of tomorrow for the European maritime sector: Insights from the LeaderSHIP Dissemination Event in Galati, Romania 28th May 2024.

🌟 We had today an inspiring and informative dissemination event where shipbuilding industry experts, universities, training providers, companies, and public authorities came together to discuss the latest trends and developments. Let’s dive into the key presentations:

Welcoming Words by Florin Marian Spataru (RO), Mr. Spătaru, The Chancellery of the Prime Minister in Romania, set the tone for the event. His opening remarks emphasized the importance of collaboration and innovation in the shipbuilding sector.

LeaderSHIP Project Presentation by Juha Valtanen and Suvi Kivelä (FI) Turku University of Applied Sciences. They shared insights into the LeaderSHIP project. This initiative aims to enhance skills, foster cross-border cooperation in Europe, create courses for needs of the companies to drive sustainable growth, boost innovation, green skills and digitalisation in shipbuilding sector.

Researchers Tatiana Pais and Gianmarco Vergasolla (IT) from the University of Genoa presented some findings from the LeaderSHIP survey and training needs. Their analysis highlighted training gaps and identified areas for improvement within the industry.

Global Shipbuilding Market review was given by Monia El faziki (BE) representing SEA Europe. Her presentation shed light on global trends and challenges.

Ana Mendibil and Txaber Benito del Valle (ES) FORO MARÍTIMO VASCO shared findings from the Regional Ecosystem Mapping done in the LeaderSHIP project. Understanding regional strengths is crucial for fostering innovation and competitiveness of European Maritime Cluster.

Market Developments 2023 and Insight on the Romanian Shipbuilding Industry 2018–2023 we presented by Gelu Stan (RO) from ANCONAV Galați Romania. Gelu Stan provided an overview of market trends and the Romanian shipbuilding landscape.

Romanian Ship Designers between Tradition and Innovation were presented by Sorin Brazdis (RO) from ICEPRONAV ENGINEERING SRL.

Sandița Păcuraru and Radu Bosoancă (RO) representing CCOC UDJG (Dunărea de Jos University of Galați), showcased the university’s contributions to naval architecture education.

🔗 Feel free to connect with the speakers and fellow participants on LinkedIn to continue the conversation! Let’s propel the shipbuilding industry forward together. 🌊⚓

Launch of a New Erasmus+ Project!

On November 16 & 17, partners of the LeaderSHIP European Project travelled to Turku – Finland to participate in the Kick-off Meeting for the LeaderSHIP Project (Learning European Alliance for Digital, Environmental and Resilient Shipbuilding).

The main goal of the project is to support the Shipbuilding Pact of Skills Initiative and provide current and emerging competences to reduce the carbon footprint and accelerate the use of renewable energies, new fuels and electric power.

Partners discussed the aims of the project and visited the Meyer Shipyard in Turku where currently the biggest cruise ship in the world is under construction.

Stay tuned for more information on the project!

LeaderSHIP strengthens the digitalisation and green transition of the maritime industry

The maritime industry is aiming for more sustainable solutions and seeking new kinds of solutions through digitalisation. Turku UAS develops educational pilots for the new needs of the field.

Text and photo: Mari Loikkanen

Finland is one of the world’s leading countries in shipbuilding. In the future, the maritime industry will be better equipped to meet the demands of digitalisation and the green transition.

This need is addressed in the four-year project called LeaderSHIP ─ Learning European Alliance for Digital, Environmental and Resilient Shipbuilding, coordinated by Turku UAS. The aim of the project is to respond to the new training needs of the European maritime industry and to build long-term strategic cooperation.

─ The common goal is to keep the level of the maritime industry high in Europe and to be pioneers on the global level, says Juha Valtanen, Content Director of the project and Senior Advisor at Turku UAS.

The EU-funded project involves European universities, shipyards, maritime clusters and employers’ and employees’ organisations. In addition to Turku UAS, Finnish participants include Meyer Turku and Turku Vocational Institute.

Training pilots for the needs of the industry

The LeaderSHIP project involves a wide range of development work. One objective is to design training programmes in the maritime industry and to develop training methods to increase the skills of current and future workers. In addition, various training pilots will be carried out.

─ Training pilots can, for example, respond to the wishes and competence needs of a specific shipyard. At the same time, we are creating European-level training that is suitable for everyone, Valtanen says.

In the first phase of the project, it is determined what kind of professional skills are needed to be increased. The change in the IT field and the rapid emergence of artificial intelligence have contributed to the need for changes in jobs and training in the field. Environmental regulations also add their own spice to the whole.

At the same time, there is a desire to attract more young people to the maritime industry. The sector needs more workforce when the previous generation retires.

─ The maritime industry offers diverse international careers also for people with higher education. In the future, completely new expertise will be needed in design, manufacturing, automation, autonomous systems, the utilisation of artificial intelligence and, for example, fuel storage. There is a need for a wide range of expertise, says Project Manager Suvi Kivelä from Turku UAS.

Supporting the green transition

In the early stages of the project, a survey on training and competence needs will be sent to a wide range of companies, educational institutions and stakeholders, and training pilots will be planned based on the responses. The aim is to support the green transition by reducing the carbon footprint of the sector and to accelerate the use of renewable energy sources and alternative fuels.

Digitalisation will be utilised more than before in training. In the marine industry, this means, among other things, utilising digital twins, i.e. a virtual model, in shipbuilding and optimising various processes at the shipyard. Collecting data from the ship with the help of various sensors can help, for example, to anticipate repair needs and develop remote operations. Getting real-time data from the ship also makes it possible to provide a wide range of customer support remotely.

In addition, the project will develop an EU-wide skills strategy for the maritime industry. The strategy will include measures to support the reskilling and upskilling of the workforce in shipbuilding and the maritime industry.

The project is expected to open initiatives to increase the attractiveness of the sector. The strategy considers future occupations that are likely to emerge in the coming years. This already requires action to match the supply and demand of the professions of the future.

The LeaderSHIP project has Erasmus+ funding of five million euros.

In the photo, Juha Valtanen, Suvi Kivelä and Krista Karhunen who work on the LeaderSHIP project.