MarEd Project

Maritime Education for Energy Efficiency


Environmental practices, air pollution regulations, cost of marine fuels, and higher taxes will stimulate demand for improving energy efficiency in maritime transportation. Ship energy efficiency measures offer many choices to ship owners and operators to increase fuel savings and reduce carbon emissions. In 2011, IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) adopted the amendments to International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex VI, as a new chapter (Chapter 4). Through this, Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships and Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for all ships has been made compulsory from 1 January 2013.

Although there are many options to enhance ship energy efficiency, these measures are not always effectively implemented due to the insufficient education of staff/ lack of expertise and existence of barriers to energy efficiency. The gap between optimal and actual implementation is explained as ship energy efficiency barriers. While the industry has made efforts to raise the awareness of stakeholders, little research has been done to capture the perspectives of ship operators. Efficient use of energy will be only possible by increasing the awareness of those people who operate ships, including seafarers and shore-based personnel.

The project MarEd (Maritime Education for Energy Efficiency) will develop a tool to train and acquire qualification for all marine staffs in different level of job including both on board personnel such as ship captains, chief engineers, officers and etc. and energy efficiency dedicated staff in shipping companies such as superintendents, fleet managers, energy managers and etc. through a distance learning course that provides modules to teach and understand the implementation of energy efficiency policies and MARPOL Annex VI.


The project MarEd mainly aims to define all energy efficiency gaps in the shipping industry and create a distance learning modules to train staff and improve the familiarity and knowledge about the following fields:

• Being familiar with present energy efficiency drivers.

• Raise awareness of staff about the most effective solutions to improve the fuel economy of ships.

• Cope with the understanding of regulations and conventions.

• Assess the energy efficiency methods and technologies.

• Provide understanding of improvements in ship design, construction and propulsion as well as calculation of Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI).

• Provide the strategies about the optimization and measurement of the ship’s operational efficiency under the scope of Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP).

• Provide all associated matters regarding real time voyage optimization.




1st Transnational
Project Meeting



7th January 2019



2nd Transnational
Project Meeting



17th May 2019


3rd Transnational Project Meeting


31st Oct 2019


4th Transnational Project Meeting and Project Workshop

17th March 2020

Online Meeting and 2nd Workshop

5th Project Meeting and 2nd Workshop

30th March 2021

Online Meeting

6th Project Meeting

21st April 2021


ERASMUS+ KA2 STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP Vocational Education and Training

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