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MARINE a bridge between past and future

Last Updated: 02 July 2014

MARINE a bridge between past and future

In the spirit which determined the initiation of the MARINE project – the development of maritime culture and promotion of maritime professions– Mircea cel Batran Naval Academy has organized between 18th and 20th of November a series of events.
The first day was dedicated to the opening ceremony of the Romanian Maritime Traditions at the Black Sea Exhibition. This event was organized with the collaboration of the Romanian Naval Museum and had two sections: one was a collection of weapons used between 1800 and 1970 and uniforms from the XXth century. 

The other part consisted of objects donated by former students and teachers of the Mircea cel Batran Naval Academy or members of their families and represented a time incursion into the Romanian maritime education.


After the welcoming remarks offered by the delegations from Piri Reis University, Odessa National Maritime Academy and Technical University of Moldova, the project manager, assistant professor Vasile Dobref presented to the high school students and the academy’s students the main features of the project “Maritime Network of Education or the Development of the Maritime Culture in the Black Sea Basin” - MARINE. Before visiting the exhibition the youngsters have watched a short documentary movie untitled “2000 Years of Maritime History and Culture”. The exhibition was open for the three days of the events.


On Tuesday,the International Seminar “Development of Maritime Education and Training in the Black Sea Higher Education Establishments” took place with the participation of the universities that are partners in MARINE. In addition, the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy from Bulgaria, the General Consul of Turkey in Romania, the only Romanian offshore company – Grup Servicii Petroliere, other shipping companies and national regulatory authorities in the maritime domain were present.The Seminar was a key platform for the debate and discussions regarding maritime education and training in present time and the challenges of the future.


The event was opened by the Superintendent of the Mircea cel Batran Naval Academy, Rear Admiral Professor Dr.Vergil Chiţac and the MARINE project manager, Captain Assistant Professor Dr. Vasile Dobref.

The seminar programme continued with the guests’ presentations:

  • Gheorghe Constantin (GrupServiciiPetroliere) – New Challenges in Oil and Gas Activities Offshore in the Black Sea
  • Ali Riza Isipek (Piri Reis University, Turkey) - Establishment of Maritime Education in the Ottoman Navy
  • Veaceslav Bardan (Technical University of Moldova)- Status and Development Opportunities of the Moldavian Higher Education in the Field of Maritime and Riverine Transportation
  • Laurentiu Lazar (Barklav Shipping Company, Honorary Consul of Norway) - Shipping Industry - Expectation of Human Resources
  • Marina Chesnokova (National Maritime Academy of Odessa) - The Role of the Black Sea Region in World Trade Fleet Officer Supply
  • Mircea Tirhoaca (Training ship Mircea) - Attracting Young People to a Career at Sea
  • TanerAlbayrak (Piri Reis University, Turkey) - New Methods and Methodologies in MET
  • Vasile Dobref (Mircea cel Batran Naval Academy) - Review of Accidents with Special References to Vessels with Automated Systems – A Way Forward
  • Marian Ristea (Mircea cel Batran Naval Academy)- Situational-Based Training for Naval Engineers, Case Study: Engine Room Simulator Training.