EU-PORTRAItS is expected to contribute to all of the anticipated impacts listed in the FP7 Cooperation Work Program:

  • Develop a template to systematically present gathered information and facilitate the dialogue on the evolving training needs in the European port industry
  • Identify future human resources demand profiles skills and training needs of the EU port sector in the 2030 horizon
  • Ensure active participation of the key stakeholders and facilitate broad and open dialog with social partners to support consensus building on the next steps to be made for achieving a sustainable and efficient EU port system

The specific impacts during and after the completion of the EU-PORTRAItS project can be typified as belonging to one of the following categories:

Promote port workers training with respect to the national and European Context

Having recognised the particularities of port training ‘models’ within the national context both in terms of key stakeholders, roles and responsibilities as well as associated processes, EU-PORTRAItS starts from a national level analysis to assess the training needs in the port sector.

Through EU-PORTRAItS’ approach a win-win situation is anticipated to be achieved managing to respect the particularities of the different national training “models” while assessing the current and future training needs in the port sector.

It is worth-noting that further to the 7 country level cases, additional EU Member States can also benefit from EU-PORTRAItS results through strong cross-fertilisation logic upon which the project idea has been structured.

Facilitate Dialog with Social Partners and consensus building on the next steps to be made for achieving a sustainable and efficient EU port system

The variety of stakeholders and the different interests each of which represent have so far complicated the implementation of an open and fruitful social dialog and cooperation among key actors and stakeholders, which in all cases is considered as a cornerstone in strengthening the EU ports human capital through competent training and career development.

The importance of social dialog and the willingness of the individual bodies to participate in such action have already been expressed from the proposal preparation phase through the stated interest of several national organizations that were approached by the project partners. EU-PORTRAItS will assist the Commission by providing support to the Social Dialogue for the port sector. Being a research oriented and funded project, EU-PORTRAItS provides a neutral basis able to moderate and coordinate open dialog with Social partners securing:

  • Independence of project activities from any specific interests (e.g. business, economic, political etc.) in national and European level
  • Impartial and unbiased research results and outputs based on the real needs and requirements of the EU port workers sector.

Direct impact of the project will be the promotion of cooperation and consensus building on the next steps that need to be taken for achieving shared solutions towards a sustainable and efficient EU port system. Furthermore, the parties involved in the Social Dialog implementation will have a shared ownership of the project results due to their active role towards the definition of the different parameters of port labour training addressed within EU-PORTRAItS.

Addressing future challenges for securing port innovation

Major output of EU-PORTRAItS work concerns the identification and analysis of future trends in port and maritime related sectors and their influence on the formulation of the future port labor demand profiles. Areas related to technological innovation in equipment (e.g. automation) and IT systems (e.g. cloud computing, internet of things); scale increase in ship types and terminals; new logistics and port business models; socioeconomic challenges; environmental and safety policy etc. have a direct or indirect impact on port processes and the respective needs in qualified personnel.With reference to 2030, the project analysis has a direct impact on EU port industry, securing its competitiveness through the ability not only to adjust to future challenges but also to guide innovation through a well-trained and competent Human capital.

Other impacts directly related to the research itself are expected from EU-PORTRAIts are:

  • Contribution to the state-of-the-art: Research will be advanced in the particular topic of European port workers training and carrier development. Project results, such as the future trends affecting EU port labour industry and future labour demand profiles, will provide a significant contribution to the existing research beyond the current state-of-the-art. EU-PORTRAItS provides an overall framework for addressing the needs of the European port labor industry.

  • Maximizing the use of research carried out: experience and knowledge from previous projects as well as other on-going actions will be examined in the framework of EU-PORTRAItS ensuring the continuation of the existing research, coordination of the on-going initiatives and exploitation of the achieved results.

  • Research beyond the European frontiers: The consortium will examine additional knowledge and experiences in the field going beyond the European frontiers. Liaison with non-EU port workers training institutes (such as the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, Port Training Technical Institute/New York Shipping Association-New York/New Jersey, Maritime Training Centre, Port of Anden) and key international associations (e.g. the International Association of Ports and Harbours) will be implemented within the overall frame of “knowledge building and cross-fertilisation” concept that the project adopts. Strong support from the project Partners and Social Dialog Partners Network members will facilitate the implementation of this exercise
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