The project OnBoard-Med – Harmonization of on Board Medical Treatment, Occupational Safety and Emergency Skills in Baltic Sea Shipping aims at developing more aligned vocational education programmes in the Central Baltic area. The shipping industry has become multinational, therefore recognizing problems in education cannot easily be solved on a national level. A cross-border approach is needed to tackle the issue. The project develops study courses in maritime emergency management, medical treatment and occupational safety. The courses are targeted at maritime (seaman, deck officer, maritime engineer) and nursing (registered nurse, emergency care nurse and public health nurse) education institutions.

The project will result in harmonized and improved education and skills. The expected improvements in education and safety are significant, and will hopefully became the standard in the field. Participants will get excellent professional skills, and when applicable, will also be able to receive international certification from the courses. Further, the results will help local employees to enter the European and international labor market.

The project is a joint cooperation venture of Turku University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Åland University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Estonian Nautical School (Estonia), Rīga Stradinš University (Latvia) and Latvian Maritime Academy (Latvia). The project is funded by the EU Interreg Central Baltic programme 2014-2020.

The OnBoard-Med project is organized in three implementation work packages for developing 9 courses. For each, contents, learning materials and distance learning tools are formed and improved cyclically by course piloting. All the learning materials are available online in this website during and after the project.

The educational materials can be further used in Universities of Applied Sciences in nursing and emergency nursing programmes and in vocational level education. In addition, the contents can be used in update training and online materials can be easily used for self-studying onboard or at shore.

Emergency management

Maritime medical treatment

Occupational safety onboard