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. The Bulletin also includes reports of Council meetings.

(Jun 2023)

Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda on Zero-Emission Waterborne Transport

The Waterborne Technical Platform (TP) has invited public input to the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda on Zero-Emission Waterborne Transport. The current version of the Agenda is available at https://lnkd.in/erpXT9gJ  The Open Consultation is available https://lnkd.in/e-k7PcJJ

Code of Professional Conduct

The CEMT Code of Professional Conduct for maritime engineers has been reviewed.

The International Windship Association invites participation in  online Low/Zero emissions & Wind Propulsion survey. 

Details at https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7074287460456767488

CEMT Council meeting – Rotterdam - 11 May 2023

The Spring meeting of the CEMT Council was hosted by KNVTS in Rotterdam.  Principal matters discussed included:

  • Future members of CEMT:  It was agreed to invite members of appropriate professional societies in Norway, Sweden and Cyprus

  • Professional Qualification: The routes to professional qualification in the countries of Europe were reviewed and updated.

  • PostGradMarTec 2023:  It was agreed that an Award should be made to the best paper presented at the Conference.CEMT 
  • 2023 CEMT Award: Nominations for the 2023 Award were considered.

  • Associate Membership:  Considereation was given to introducing Associate Membership for non professional societies involved in the education and professional development of maritime engineers.

CEMT congratulates KNVTS on achieving 125 years

At the KNVTS Lustrum in Rotterdam on 11 May 2023, celebrating the anniversary of its founding in 1898,  the Council of the Confederation  of European Maritime Technology Societies congratulated KNVTS on achieving 25 years’ service to the maritime industry and maritime engineers in  the Netherlands.


The Chairman of the CEMT Council, Mr Trevor Blakeley, presented a certificate commemorating the event to the Chairman of KNVTS, Mr Ton Bos.


View the full presentation (Dropbox  .MOV file)  and Text (Dropbox .pdf file)

Presentation to KNVTS


Introduction of CEMT Library Network

Assisting members in their professional development is an important role of professional societies which are members of CEMT. Such development may be through academic study, research and development or employment, and require access to such information as may be held in libraries.

The newly introduced CEMT Library Network links the libraries of the member societies and other libraries with which they have links, allowing access for individual members of all member Societies of CEMT to the publications held in those libraries. 

The CEMT Library Network may be accessed at https://www.cemt.eu/CEMT_Bulletin.html

CEMT Council meeting – Lisbon -27 October 2022

The Autumn meeting of the CEMT Council was hosted by Ode-CEN at the Society’s headquarters.  Principal matters discussed included:

  • Update on the state of maritime industries in Europe:  CEMT Council members gave an update on the state of the maritime industries in their countries, and the professional impact on their members.  Such reports are regularly published in the CEMT Bulletin at  www.cemt.eu/CEMT_Bulletin.html
  •  PostGradMarTec 2022:  An update on the third International Conference on  Postgraduate Research in the Field of Maritime Technology was given by the Hellenic Institute of Marine Technology, as organisers of the Conference on behalf of CEMT.

Post meeting note: a full report of the Conference and all papers presented are available at www.cemt.eu/PostGradMarTec2022.html

  • Treasurer:  A member of KNVTS has been appointed as Treasurer of CEMT. CEMT registration and financial affairs remain in the Netherlands
  • 2022 CEMT Award: The award of the 2022 CEMT Award to Professor Harilaos Psaraftis of Greece, in recognition of his long and distinguished role in the maritime community, was confirmed.

Post meeting note:  The full citation for the Award to Professor Psaraftis is at www.cemt.eu/cemt_awards.html

  • CEMT Spring meeting:  The CEMT Spring meeting will be held in April/May, with venue to be confirmed. Members should contact their own Society’s representative on the CEMT Council with suggestions/proposals of matters to be discussed.

Post meeting note:  The Spring Autumn meeting will be held on 11 May 2023, in Rotterdam and be hosted by KNVTS which will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of its founding on that day.

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 

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)