Maritime Training: Take the MarTID Global Survey

January 14, 2019

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The second annual global Maritime Training Insights Database (MarTID) survey examines the impact of the autonomy trend in maritime operations on the training of future seafarers, and is officially open.

The MarTID 2019 Survey
To facilitate a broader response, this year the MarTID steering group opted to both shorten the survey and to offer three, targeted versions: one for vessel operators, one for training institutions and one for seafarers.

What is MarTID?
MarTID is a noncommercial, joint initiative of the World Maritime University, Marine Learning Systems and New Wave Media. Its core principles include ethical integrity, objectivity and confidentiality. It was launched in 2018 with the completion of the inaugural survey and publication of the 2018 Training Practices Report (which can be found at

Why is MarTID Important?
This MarTID initiative is the first of its kind in the world. There is broad agreement that roughly 80% of maritime accidents involve human factors causes. As such, vessel operators and maritime training centers are pouring significant resources into creating best practice and innovative training programs. The MarTID database will grow in breadth and depth annually with your participation, shining a light on the training approaches and successes of global vessel operators and training centers. Insightful, hard-to-get information inside the report include global trends in training budgets, average training amount spent per seafarer and trends in training technologies and training models.

What’s new for MarTID in 2019?
The 2019 survey is designed to further the mission of MarTID 2018: to provide a global picture of maritime training that is not currently available. Last year’s survey was designed to collect a broad set of foundational training data, this year’s survey will be shorter and consist of two foci.

The first section of the survey will focus on collecting benchmark data tracked annually, revealing trends in core training issues. These include training budgets, training models, training staffing, the use of technology, major training initiatives, and seafarer demographics.

The second section will focus on this year’s special topic: the impact of autonomous vessel operations on maritime training. This trend has already begun to impact operations and the need for training. The 2019 MarTID survey will explore the perspectives of vessel operators/managers, maritime administrators, maritime training experts and seafarers.

What’s in it for me?
As was the case in 2018, the 2019 survey will be followed by a series of publicly-available reports, broadly published. These reports will provide both high-level and deep-dive information covering both broad trends as well as deep coverage of the 2019 special topic. Although MarTID was founded and run by the three partner organizations, it requires community involvement to succeed. Your participation, approximately 20 minutes of your time, helps to broaden the depth of information.

  • Vessel owner/operators will have a means to benchmark their own training initiatives.
  • Maritime training institutions will be able to better gauge future needs.
  • Seafarers will potentially have a clearer picture of evolving skills requirements.

Take the Survey

The MarTID partners are dispersed in several world time zones, and your question via email will likely be answered in 24 hours or (much) less.



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