2019 MarTID Survey Launched

The second annual MarTID survey has been launched to continue the study of global maritime training practices. Separate surveys are available until 31 January for seafarers, ship operators, and maritime education and training institutions.

MarTID – the global Maritime Training Insights Database – is designed to provide a global picture of maritime training that is not currently available, offering the global maritime community data on current and emerging training trends and techniques, staffing models, training focus areas, training tools, training resource allocation and assessment practices.

It is generally perceived that ‘the human element’ is the leading contributory causative factor in up to 80% or more of maritime accidents. In response, vessel operators and maritime training centers are investing in creating best practice and innovative training programmes. However, maritime industry training approaches, successes, and failures are not broadly studied or shared leaving training leaders to their own devices to invent and design their best practice training approach.

The mission of MarTID is to help ensure safe, efficient and sustainable maritime operations on clean oceans through providing the maritime industry with comprehensive data on how it manages and conducts training for shipboard competencies. This includes the effects of drivers, such as technology, on the training. The data is updated annually by means of the global survey providing insights that can lead to enhanced policy-setting, decision-making, benchmarking and operational optimization by industry and regulatory authorities at all levels.

The inaugural, 2018 survey focused on collecting a broad set of foundational training data. The 2019 survey has been condensed and consists of two sections. The first seeks to collect benchmark data, tracked annually, to help reveal trends with respect to core training issues including training budgets, training models, training staffing, the use of technology, major training initiatives, and seafarer demographics. For 2019, a theme for the second section focuses on the impact of autonomous vessel operations (actual and potential) on maritime training. The survey seeks to explore the perspectives of vessel operators/managers, maritime administrators, maritime training experts and seafarers in this area. Going forward, the MarTID survey will follow a themed approach with one section annually on tracked data and a second section focused on a theme of contemporary relevance.

MarTID is a non-commercial initiative collaboratively founded in 2017 by the World Maritime University, New Wave Media and Marine Learning Systems. The MarTID  reports are free and distributed widely to reach a global audience. The 2018 inaugural report was the first tangible outcome of the initiative. The MarTID team and the collaborating institutions take this opportunity to thank all respondents of the inaugural survey, and extend gratitude in advance to all respondents of the 2019 survey.

The 2019 MarTID survey is available through 31 January 2019. To take the survey, visit  http://scholar.wmu.se/martid.