The renewal of the curricula of the Merchant Marine Schools has been undertaken by the Eugenides Foundation.
Having placed the reform of the Schools’ curricula under its auspices, the Eugenides Foundation has collaborated with the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy twice.
In the period 2012-2013, after a decision of the Ministry of Shipping and the Aegean, the Eugenides Foundation’s Publications Committee was assigned the task of forming a special working group of experts charged with updating the curricula of the Merchant Marine Academies [AEN] and the Merchant Marine Training Centres [KESEN], as well as those of the specialized schools for Captains and Engine Officers, to comply with the new requirements of the 1978 International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW – Manila amendments 2010).
Upon completion of the project twenty-two (22) curriculum plans were delivered to the Ministry, specifically: KESEN Captains, KESEN Engine Officers, KESEN Radio Electronics / Radio Communications, 1st and 2nd Engine Officers refresher course, 3rd Engine Officers refresher course, Specialised Oil-Tanker Operations course, Specialised course for Passenger Ships, Electro-technical Officers, Medical Care, Rescue and Fire-fighting Equipment training, 5-Year Rescue and Fire refresher course, Continuous Competence for 1st Engine Officers, Continuous Competence for 2nd Engine Officers, Continuous Competence for 3rd Engine Officers, Continuous Competence for Radio Electronics / Radio Communications, Manila-adapted Captain, 2nd and 3rd Officer training, BRM-BTM, KESEN English for Captains, ISPS, Continuous Competence for Captains, Oil-Tanker Safety and ECDIS.
Four years later, in the period 2017-2018, the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy set up two expert committees of shipmasters and engineers to reform the AEN curricula.
The committees were set up under the aegis of the Eugenides Foundation in direct cooperation with officials of the Directorate of Maritime Education of the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy, other relevant consultants of the Ministry and the Eugenides Foundation Publications Committee. The aim of the committees was the updating and reforming of the schools’ curricula according to the standards provided by the STCW International Convention, the International Maritime Organization [IMO] and the European Maritime Safety Agency [EMSA].
The committees were comprised of representatives from the Directorate of Maritime Education of the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy, AEN instructors and professors from the Universities of Piraeus, the Aegean and West Attica, as well as representatives of the shipping industry.
On behalf of the Eugenides Foundation, retired Admiral Dimitrios Bantias, Honorary Commandant of the Hellenic Coast Guard, was appointed coordinator of the committees. The new curricula were delivered to the Ministry in December 2018.