Ukraine is on the top five world leaders of the officers number on the world labour market. Since achieving independence, the country not only has saved the potential of highly qualified seafarers training, but also it has enlarged the amount of training according to the requirements of the international labour market. There is a high demand for Ukrainian seafarers, especially officers, among the world leading shipping companies. They are able to compete successfully with the seafarers from other countries.

On 22 - 23 April, 2015 the 3rd International Forum on Seafarers Education, Training and Crewing will be held in the central exhibition hall of the passenger terminal of Odessa Sea Commercial Port. Traditionally, the Forum has been supported by International Maritime Organization (IMO), International Transport Federation (ITF), International Maritime Employers Council (IMEC), International Association of shipowners BIMCO, International Association InterManager, International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU), The Nautical Institute, the Institute of Maritime Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), as well as the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine. The Forum is organized by Odessa National Maritime Academy and the exhibition centre Odessa House.

More than 60 organizations and companies, including maritime educational institutions and training centers, shipping and crewing companies, training simulators and software designers, other representatives of the maritime industry will participate in the conference and exhibition ETC-2015.

The company V.Ships Ukraine, one of the biggest crewing agencies in Ukraine, is the General Partner of the Forum. Annually more than 7000 Ukrainian seafarers are employed on the vessels under the management of this company.

The conference program includes 15 reports at 5 plenary sessions dedicated to the questions of human factors in shipping, cooperation of employers and seafarers, personnel management, maritime education and practical training, simulation training and the seafarers knowledge assessment. The conference also comprises three panel discussions and four round tables.

Mr. Yurii Vaskov, the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, the representatives of the Inspectorate for Training and Certification of Seafarers and the State Inspectorate of Ukraine for Safety of Maritime and Inland Water Transport, other organizational structures of the maritime industry will participate in the work of the conference.

The key reports will be delivered by Capt. Alfred von der Hoeh, Vice-Chairman of the IME and Capt. Robert Mc Cabe, the President of the Nautical Institute.

More than 150 delegates from Bulgaria, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Cyprus, China, Norway, Singapore and Ukraine will participate in the conference.