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The Final Word

MarTID 2020

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The 3 Annual Survey of Global

Maritime Training Practices

By Greg Trauthwein raining budgets for day through this same lens, particularly According to the International Cham- seafarers continue to with the serious impact the pandemic ber of Shipping (ICS), as of July 23, rise around the world, has had, and continues to have, on the 2020, there were more than a half a and seafarers them- world’s seafarers. million seafarers (out of nearly 1.7 mil-

T selves increasingly “Seafarers continue to serve the global lion seafarers globally) impacted by the are paying the price, community as facilitators of a key link ongoing crew change crisis, with “over according to the MarTID 2020 Training in the global logistics chain, particu- 250,000 seafarers trapped at sea.” The

Practices Report. larly when the challenging events of Black Swan event undoubtedly will

Responses (278) to the 2020 MarTID the 2020 COVID pandemic are consid- color the results of the 2021 MarTID report, the third in the series, rose 60% ered,” wrote Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, report: “With challenge, comes oppor- versus 2019, and again included insights President, World Maritime University, tunity. With many traditional places of from seafarers (accounting for 53% of in the Preface for the MarTID 2020 learning closed so as to minimize hu- the response), vessel operators (24%) Training Practices Report. “In all the man interaction and the need for travel, and METIs (23%). chaos, and sadly also with the alarming the drive for innovation has never been

The survey for MarTID 2020 was con- absence of proper and appropriate treat- stronger,” wrote Captain John Lloyd, cluding just as COVID-19 was starting ment of seafarers in many jurisdictions, RD MBA FNI CMMar, Chief Executive to spread rapidly, so the full scope of the the technical work of seafarers, by and Of? cer, The Nautical Institute, in the pandemic’s impact on the global econo- large, keeps the global economy mov- Foreward to the MarTID 2020 report. my did not have a signi? cant impact on ing. Their competence, development, “Those organizations with a solid foun- this year’s report results. But it would knowledge and skill retention and trans- dation in ? exible and remote learning be remiss to not look at maritime train- fer to actual work settings is as critical found themselves well placed to address ing through a COVID-19 lens, as every as ever. Training needs to be kept in fo- the market need in these circumstances. industry and walk of life is viewed to- cus. Others had to respond quickly with new 54 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News • September 2020

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