The Philippines and Indonesia are both working to provide modern, low-carbon training to their large numbers of seafarers. The tripartite International Advisory Committee on Global Maritime Affairs (IACGMA) in the Philippines is working to transform the country’s training systems towards a low-carbon and zero-carbon society while also addressing unfair labor practices and ambulance tracking issues. Meanwhile, Indonesia’s “Skills for Prosperity” program is modernising its training system through international partnerships with UK funding that establish an Industry Advisory Board for each of the four participating Indonesian universities of applied sciences.
A DNV study suggests that by the mid-2030s, 800,000 seafarers will need additional training to handle the fuels, technologies, and ships of the future. An effort is set to run in July 2023 as part of Phase 2 of the Maritime Just Transition Taskforce to create a framework for training seafarers on decarbonisation with relevant training materials. “The fight against climate change requires action across the maritime domain, both in offices on land and on ships at sea,” said the IMO Director of the Marine Environment Department, highlighting that the framework could improve crew knowledge of how their day-to-day operations affect the environment.