Mapmar Project

Mapping of Maritime Professionals: Towards a full-scale European data collection system (Mapmar)


The maritime transport sector is of high strategic importance to the European economy and the safeguarding of the European maritime cluster depends on the knowledge and know-how of workers with seafaring experience. However, there is insufficient access to reliable and standardised data on the number of persons available for employment in the EU maritime labour market – in seafaring and shore-side maritime professional employment. The availability of such data is however essential to social partners addressing problems and challenges related to employment and social policies in the industry.

Considering the importance of maritime transport for the European economy, but not knowing how many Europeans are working in the industry, and what their characteristics are, makes the development of policies to address job creation in the sector extremely difficult and weak. So, there is an urgent need for a harmonised European data collection system on this issue.

Therefore, the European social partners for maritime transport - ECSA and the European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF) proposed an EU-wide project to examine how more and better standardised data on the industry’s workforce on a European-level might be obtained.

The project lasted 32 months from 1 February 2019 until 30 September 2021. 

The Cardiff University, acting through its ‘Seafarers International Research Centre’ (SIRC), has been selected as the external contractor of the overall project.

Please find attached the summary report of the project.




For more information about the project, please contact Rosella Marasco (, Eurico Ortiga ( or Nikolaos Koletsis (




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