Project Overview


This project aims to connect maritime simulator centers across the Baltic Sea. Simulator connectivity enables students to train within same virtual learning environment where multi-cultural communication and team working are integral parts of the training.

Combining the best expertise into the project partnership, technical expertise in simulators of EMERA, specialization in simulator training structures of EKAMI, proven expertise of Xamk and Aboa Mare in simulation pedagogy and port management expertise in IVKHK enables creating joint maritime vocational education which measures up with the requirements set by labour markets.


The most important challenge of the project is to enhance maritime safety and to increase maritime business capacity in the CBR by providing internationally competitive maritime education and training for seafarers and port employees. Beneficiaries of the project are firstly the students by increasing the probability of finding a proper job after graduation. Secondly, the participant educational institutions offering maritime related VET are benefiting by raising the level of quality of their study programmes and expertise of lecturers. Shipping companies and ports are benefiting by having skilled and qualified personnel educated based on their needs.


The main overall objective of the project is to improve transboundary and transnational maritime education. From the strategical aspect, there are many driven forces for improved transboundary and transnational maritime education.

This project will be increasing the student’s knowledge of future requirements and increases possibility to be employed internationally, the student’s knowledge and skills from the perspective of seafarers and port’s specialists education serving international shipping companies and also possibility to be sufficiently employed internationally. The quality of international education, the competence of simulator center related personnel and the capacity of maritime education institutions offering international education will also be increased.


The Lead Partner

Kotkan-Haminan seudun koulutuskuntayhtymä/Joint Educational Authority of
Kotka – Hamina Region (Ekami)

The Partners

Kaakkois-Suomen ammattikorkeakoulu/South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk)

Tallinna Tehnikaülikool/Tallinn University of Technology (EMERA)

Ida-Virumaa Kutsehariduskeskus/Ida-Virumaa Vocational Education Centre (IVKHK)

Ab Yrkeshögskolan vid Åbo Akademi/Novia University of Applied Sciences (Aboa Mare)