The Philippines and Indonesia are working to prepare their seafarers for a low-carbon and zero-carbon maritime sector. Both countries are modernizing their training systems to provide the right kind of education and training so that future generations of seafarers are competent and ready to handle new onboard technologies and fuels that will increasingly be used in the coming years. With a large number of seafarers calling these countries home, their ability to transition their training systems to low-carbon and zero-carbon systems will impact the maritime sector’s progress towards climate goals.
The up-skilling of seafarers is crucial for the progression of the maritime sector towards decarbonisation. As new fuels and technologies are deployed in an increasingly digital and automated work environment, maritime operations of the future are likely to be significantly more complex. Cooperation between stakeholders such as governments, shipowners, unions, and training institutions is essential for bringing about a just maritime transition and securing the long-term position as a world leader in maritime transport. A framework for training seafarers on decarbonisation is expected to be launched as part of Phase 2 of the Maritime Just Transition Taskforce, which will provide relevant training materials for seafarers and maritime education and training providers.