Upskilling Programme


The Upskilling Programme (UP) is part of the “Advanced Skills in Safety, Environment and Security at Sea-ASSESS” project, approved and co-funded in the framework of the Call Blue Careers in Europe and launched by DG Mare. The project aims to realize three specific education and training paths, in English language, for human resources, both employed and young people, that will be able to manage safety and security issues in the maritime sector. The partnership, made up from mareFVG, University of Trieste, Lloyd’s Register EMEA, National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS) and National Research Council (CNR INSEAN), with the collaboration of Fincantieri and Wärtsilä, strives for the courses to become an international reference on these topics that are becoming more and more relevant for the maritime sector in Europe as well as in the world.

The Upskilling Programme is opened to both employed and unemployed professionals who have already developed technical skills and capabilities in maritime safety, the environment and security at sea. No study title is required.

20 attendants at maximum will be selected.

The course is held in English and focuses on two specific training profiles:

  • Safety and Security manager
  • Environmental manager

Each profile foresees 116 hours of frontal lessons and is carried out considering the following dates and places:


  • 17-18-19-20 October 2018, University of Trieste (Italy)
  • 8-9-10 November 2018, University of Trieste (Italy)
  • 28-29-30 November 2018,University of Trieste (Italy)
  • 13-14-15 December 2018, IMAT (Castel Volturno, Italy)


  • 17-18-19-20 October 2018, University of Trieste (Italy)
  • 8-9-10 November 2018, University of Trieste (Italy)
  • 28-29-30 November and 1 December 2018, IMAT (Castel Volturno, Italy)

Classes are taught by leading Italian and international academics and industry experts. Frontal lessons will be integrated with relevant Industry Testimonies.


Skills to be acquired:

The Upskilling Programme provides additional expertise in the safety and security fields, with respect to on-board personnel, infrastructure and the environment.


Part of the Marine Ops staff, this position assists with ensuring that the vessels and shore side facilities are operated in accordance with regulatory requirements and company standards, and that applicable information is logged. Responsibilities of this position include being the primary Marine Safety Manager, assist with SMS audits and updating SMS documents.

Depending upon the organisation, the safety manager is responsible for:

  • Overseeing the hazard communication program.
  • Managing the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) database including offline backups for vessels, bi-annual vessel updates, secondary containment labeling and training employees in hazard communication.
  • Auditing vessel and shore side operations to ensure departments are complying with the company’s hazardous waste disposal program for vessels and warehouse facilities.
  • Managing vessel safety and lifesaving equipment: inventorying, sourcing and maintenance. (Medical, Firefighting, Emergency, etc.)
  • Yarding safety programs: Shipyard Competent Person, respirator fit tests, confined space entry, lock out tag out, fire watch training and hot work permits, and auditing documentation for forklift certifications.
  • Ensuring that vessel and operations management are implementing shipyard safety programs and conducting periodic safety inspections.
  • Conducting and maintaining training records of onboard safety programs and SOPs including boat lift systems, skiff driving, towing skiffs, crane operations, anchor operations, etc.
  • Creating training materials and onboard resources: such as case studies to support onboard safety practices.
  • Tracking Accident, Incident and Illness Reports and lost time.
  • Serveing as Company’s Alternate Designated Person Ashore and Alternate Company Security Officer.
  • Assisting the DPA with investigating non-conformities, incidents and ensuring corrective actions occur in a timely manner.
  • Assistance with the execution of internal and external ISM audits, monitoring routine audit deadlines and assist with preparation of audits.
  • Assistance with editing and updating the SMS Manual and supporting documents, checklist and manuals.

The Environmental Manager will enjoy a varied role. In fact, he will be responsible for managing the ships Environmental Management and compliance programs (EMS) and he will ensure that Fleet Waste Management Programs and Hazardous Waste Programs are fully followed on board – and that all record keeping requirements are adhered to.

The essential functions of an Environmental Manager are:

  • Support ship and shoreside management in routine environmental operations programs.
  • Serving as a technical liaison concerning all environmental operational matters.
  • Ensure that the fleet waste management programs are properly implemented on board and that the record keeping requirements, i.e. receipts, record books, manifests, and certificates are completed and received in a timely manner.
  • Conduct waste vendor due diligence audits when needed/requested.
  • Review upcoming international and port state environmental laws, regulations as well as guidance & best management practices.
  • Conduct Environmental Incident investigations and identify appropriate root cause, corrective and preventive actions.
  • Provide technical assistance for Environmental operations related R&D projects and pilot programs.
  • Conduct internal environmental auditing activities as requested by management.
  • Follow up and identify root cause, corrective and preventive actions from ECP, RAAS and other Environmental audits.
  • Support and guide the ship(s)’ management in the proper implementation of environmental operational procedures which include but are not limited to: Record keeping; Analyzing applicable environmental regulations, codes, and standards, and applying and incorporating them into CCL policies; Technical assistance during releasing/reporting investigations; Compliance to policy and law; Sampling programs.

The path foresees overall 7 modules divided between the two specific profiles as follows:


1.     Marine regulatory framework
1.1   Marine Regulatory Matrix
1.2   Overview of the Marine Industry
2.     Basics on Safety
2.1   Basics on safety
2.2   Fire Protection (active and passive)
3.     Ships Specifics on safety design
3.1   Safe Return to Port
4.     Environmental requirements and impacts
4.1   Noise impact on work environment (rules) – noise level onboard ships
4.2   Noise/stress management on work environment
5.     Operational Safety and Security
5.1   ISM/ISPS and Cyber security
5.2   Polar Code and extreme conditions
6.     Risk Assessment Techniques
6.1   Risk Assessment Techniques
6.2   Risk assessment practical application ISM ISPS – SAFETY
6.3   Risk assessment practical application ISM ISPS – SECURITY
7.     Marine engine specifics
7.1   Engine safety principles (SOLAS/MARPOL) + Alternative Fuels
7.2   Engine use and maintenance



1.     Marine regulatory framework
1.1   Marine Regulatory Matrix
1.2   Overview of the Marine Industry
2.     Environmental requirements and impacts
2.1   Noise impact on natural environment
2.2   Noise impact on work environment (rules) – noise level onboard ships
2.3  Noise/stress management on work environment
3.     Operational Safety and Security
3.1   Polar Code and extreme conditions
3.2   Oil spill management and response
3.3   Water ballast management
3.4   Waste management
4.     Risk Assessment Techniques
4.1   Risk Assessment Techniques
4.2   Risk assessment practical application ISM ISPS – ENVIRONMENT
5.     Marine engine specifics
5.1   Engine safety principles (SOLAS/MARPOL) + Alternative Fuels
5.2   Engine use and maintenance


All Modules are gathered together here below, where you can find a detailed description of every single Lecture of your interest.