CEMT Bulletin  

The CEMT Bulletin contains articles and reports published by member societies which relate to the maritime industry and their members' professional activities in their countries, but which may also be of interest and relevance to professional engineers in other countries of Europe.

ATENA Inland Waterways Group

At a meeting of the Inland Waterways Group of ATENA on 2 Dec 2022, the following Reports were presented and discussed:

  • Rules in force for passengers vessels Vanda Rebuffat (MIT)
  • Technical problems in the EU 2016/1629 Directive Giovanni Carratino (RINA)
  • Derogations from the 2016/1629 EU Directive Marta Wolska (UE)
  • Mutual recognition of boatmasters’ certificates Giuliano Negrini (ATENA)
  • Pleasure boats in service as pax vessels Piergiulio Perego (ATENA
  • Organization of the Inland Navigation Office Dino Telesca (ATENA)

The Reports may be downloaded from Dropbox at  www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/xzu13efj21xv5ito6axch/h?dl=0&rlkey=edluktu2rmbtol77okdy7k48o

A brief overview of the state of the maritime industry in Serbia 

Published by the Society of Naval Architects of Serbia:  October 2022

Shipbuilding in Serbia in last decades suffered not only from what is a common to worldwide comrade industry branch but also from consequences of undergoing a war, secession, country redefinition, political and economic transition etc. Practically it was devastated. Fortunately “the light can be seen at the end of the tunnel”. Few successful shipyards are well working and a significant number of small and even quite large Naval Architecture Bureaus are employing all graduates of Naval Architecture Department of Belgrade University who decide to stay in Serbia (half of graduates easily find jobs abroad – in recent years mainly in Norway). In proceeding, some of those are briefly described.

Shipyard VAHALI

A Dutch owned yard with all Serbian employees, including naval Architects in the design bureau. It is generally spetizialezed for passenger ships (river cruisers). At present: one cruiser hull went down the the slipway just last week; one cruiser hull is on the slipway with 60% of steel work done. Besides, the contracts are made for two dredgers with Kooiman Shipyard which is supposed to deliver them to Van Oord Company as ultimate client. Survey of this project is to be done by Ocean Pro, a Serbian ship design bureau.

Shipyard KLADOVO

A Dutch owned yard with all Serbian employees, including naval Architects. Beside various retrofit works (mostly done for Damen Concordia Comp.), in past two years it delivered two new dredgers for Kooiman Shipyard (ultimate client Van Oord Comp.) and one larger dredger for Hegemann Reiners (survey of this project done by Ocean Pro, a Serbian ship design bureau).

Begje Shipyard Group

A Serbian owned yard with all Serbian employees. It started as the reanimation of Begej Shipyard, previously owned by Dutch Mercurius Company. It consists of two shipyards: older BEGEJ shipyard in Zrenjanin and neighboring BOMEX shipyard in Stajicevo – ultimately merged by and under RUBIKON SHIPPING COMPANY. Beside few newbuildings of inland waterway vessels, presently the yard is mostly doing retrofits.

Ocean Pro Bureau

Belgrade Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Bureau. All employees are graduates of Department of Naval Architecture, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade. It has significant experience in design, retrofit and survey of marine structures. References can be found at http://www.oceanpro.eu .

Comments on the status of maritime industry in Finland

Published by LARADI: Oct 2022

The maritime industry in Finland has been negatively affected by COVID-19, but there have been no dramatic changes.Three large/medium size shipyards remain in operation, with emphasis in newbuilding business ofcruise vessels, ferries and government vessels.A few large global equipment/system suppliers active and doing very well (Wärtsilä, ABB Marine, MacGregor, NAPA, EVAC…)

Russian business has dried out as result of the Ukranian war (one of the three yards still 100 % Russian owned)

In Aalto University 35 individuals have started in the shipbuilding ”section”  -  a reasonably high figure

Overview of the state of the maritime industry in Italy

Published by Associazione Italiana di Tecnica Navale Nov 2022 


Nowdays not many medium size shipyards are anymore involved in commercial vessels, maybe 5-6, all the others, very wealthy in the past years, after the the 2008 crisis have begun to turn into superyacht shipyards and now most of them are completely full with orders, mainly 40-60 m yachts. Fincantieri is leading the cruising vessels market worldwide and is also very active on the naval vessels field both for Italian Navy and foreign Navies (especially with the FREMM project).


After the COVID period the roro pax and ferry market is doing well especially the last summer has seen traffic volumes similar to those before the pandemic period, both for passengers and cars/lorries. Italy is one of the most important areas in Europe for the roro pax market.

Also the cruising market is giving good signals after the complete stop of the two latest years with cruising ships in many Italian harbours almost every day, with thousand of passengers per ship every day.

Regarding the Oil /dry / container market in Italy the trend is identical to those of other countries. Most of these kind of vessels of Italian Shipowners sail worldwide therefore they are mostly linked to global market and not so much by local.


Every year there are about 150 graduates in the 3 University Faculties of Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture (Genoa, Trieste, Naples)