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Proposal of Karim Tonbol

Post date: Sunday, January 22, 2023 - 09:20
Name: Karim Tonbol
Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport from Egypt
Field of interest:

Enhancing knowledge exchange and collaboration for the green ship’s Engineering and maritime industry. (GrenEng)

Shipping is the center point of the maritime industry, which includes all stakeholders in the value chain such as yards, designers, manufacturers, and service providers. Together, shipping and the maritime industry are a vital part and enabler of other industries in the ocean economy. The ocean economy contributed around 2.5%, to the global gross value added (GVA) in 2010, and this percentage is expected to significantly increase by 2030 (OECD project) offering many million full-time jobs. Moreover, green ship’s which are based on using Electric Propulsion System onboard ships plays a significant role in the way of ship emissions reduction which consider one of the International Maritime Organization’s priorities toward climate change.  Ships worldwide contribute by a considerable amount of emissions which expected to show an increment through the next years. Applying an electric propulsion system onboard ships with advanced control strategies can reduce ship emissions by up to 10–35%.

As such, GrenEng follows Egyptian visions 2030 and will be a significant contributor to the SDGs related to social (SDG4 for quality education), economic development (SDG8 for economic growth, SDG9 for industry and innovation, SDG10 for reduced inequality) and biosphere (SGD13 for climate change adaptation/mitigation).

As surveyed, there is a lack of well-established graduate programs related to green ship’s engineering, where students can familiarise themselves with key issues involved in providing sustainable, environmentally friendly, legally and economically acceptable solutions to a variety of challenges related to the green ship’s Engineering field and maritime industry. The project main target is to provide international qualified green’s Engineer having intensive skills in electric propulsion system onboard ships together with climate change with an internationally valid certificate, thus GrenEng search for Erasmus + key action2. Egyptian Universities would have support from European Universities especially in electric propulsion system onboard ships that are not fully developed in Egypt. Moreover, Egyptian expertise in the field of climate change are well known and the cooperation with EU universities will result in interesting results and improve the teaching skills in both EU and EG.

Egypt is a maritime country that has coasts up to 2000km on the Mediterranean and the Red Seas, together with Suez Canal which is the shortest link between the east and the west.  So, the green ship’s Engineering and maritime industry plays a fundamental role in Egyptian vision 2030 to build good economy and adapt the climatic changes together with secure many full-time jobs. Generally in the Mediterranean and Red seas, shipping engineering who hold certificate of compliance (CoC) account about 30000 Engineer and a third of this number belongs to Egypt.

The Egyptian participants have a great experience in this area of engineering, oceanography and climate. Mixing this expertise with new advanced tools brought in the project by the European Universities and promoting the study exchange between EG and EU universities will lead to potentially significant breakthroughs.  Thus, GrenEng aims to fill the gap in the EG/international labour market of green ship’s Engineering and maritime industry by initiating new master degree.

GrenEng PC universities have carried out a pre-survey about the importance of the specialisation in green ship’s Engineering and maritime industry, accessing more than 70 representatives of national/international labour market together with 105 academic staff and 15 decision makers. GrenEng national survey showed that:

- There is no similar study master programme (92% of the survey);

- Current EG graduates in the field of green ship’s Engineering and maritime industry lack most of the GrenEng program content (79% of the survey);

- The demand for this kind of specialists is very high because of the number of free workplaces (82% of the survey);

- 74% of the survey in academic staff showed that Egyptian universities must update their labs to match this type of courses;

- 80% of the survey in academic staff/decision makers showed that GrenEng program needs at least 15 months for accreditation and this period could be reduced with the support of EU universities and international fund.

-GrenEng survey showed that Egyptian labour market needs MSc graduates possessing competences, like practical skills, to be able to, select, analyse and install marine propulsion and transmission systems; design skills to be able to carry out design of machinery systems for different applications and evaluate component and system solutions for efficient, safe and environmentally friendly operation; and computerized skills, to be able to use modern computing tools and simulation programs for modeling and analysis of dynamic systems within the marine engineering field, including evaluation of results. (85% of survey). 69% of the survey added some comments for GrenEng contents which are already updated now especially in Naval Architecture, ship construction, energy efficient, and maritime environment and give priorities to refuges. 70% of the pre-survey Most participants also raised up the accreditation problem for such a masters’ program in the 4 Egyptian Universities. Thus, GrenEng will be accredited for each Egyptian partner and will accept international students as well.