Malta Maritime Pilots successfully concludes Certipilot Project

The CERTIPILOT project – training framework for Maritime Pilots was concluded today through a conference organised by the Malta Maritime Pilots Coop. Soc. Ltd. at The Palace Hotel, Sliema.

The final event was organised in collaboration with Transport Malta and the National Commission for Further and Higher Education.
The CERTIPILOT project provides for the creation of a qualification for Maritime Pilots in line with the European Qualification Framework and European Credit system for Vocational Educational Training. The qualification focuses on Risk Prevention in Port Operations, Environmental Protection for Maritime Pilots. The project parteners are Malta Maritime Pilots Coop., the Turkish Maritime Pilots Association, CSEL Srl and the Spanish National Maritime Pilots Chamber (Colegio Oficial Nacional de Practicos de Puerto).

Capt. David Bugeja, Director of Ports – Transport Malta stressed that “the CERTIPILOT project can be considered as “pilot project”. Within the industry (and beyond) we talk about the need for more seafarers, capacity building in the ports and maritime sectors, and the importance of combining academic qualifications with hands on experience yet the perception is that not much is being done. The Recognition of competencies/qualities acquired working in a maritime environment especially sea going positions is another critical point that ha san impact on Career mobility. CERTIPILOT is a positive contribution in this direction”.

Ms. Edel Cassar, CEO of the National Commission for Further and Higher Education illustrated the procedure and advantages to register a qualification such as CERTIPILOT under the EQF. In addition she stressed that CERTIPILOT comes at the right time as in the upcoming weeks at EU level there should be a decision on the EQF value of STCW course. CERTIPILOT is innovative a sit combines both STCW and non STCW course in the context of EQF and ECVET.

As part of the project, the partners have also presented the project manual.