Northern Maritime University


The NMU project built on the broad range of knowledge and expertise in the North Sea area, which was being harnessed within a common and lasting transnational network of universities. The Northern Maritime University directly addressed the needs of the maritime industry: To better prepare maritime business managers to cope with growing maritime traffic, port development, and rising environmental challenges by developing multidisciplinary and internationally oriented qualifications at Bachelors and Masters level.

NMU worked towards establishing an Area of Research and Innovation for the maritime industry in the North Sea Region, contributing towards the Lisbon strategy to create a more effective maritime business sector and an enhanced competitiveness of the maritime sector.

NMU was also represented in the MTC cluster.

01/01/2008 - 30/06/2012
1 - Building on our Capacity for Innovation
Area of Intervention
1.1 Building the innovation capacity of businesses
ERDF Grant
2,204,434.00 €
ERDF Equivalent
127,019.00 €
Total Eligible Budget
4,662,904.00 €
Lead Beneficiary
Transport Research Institute, Napier University, UK
Gordon Wilmsmeier
Tel: +44 (0) 131 455 2976
Project Homepage
Beneficiaries per Country
United Kingdom
Napier University
Göteborg University
Swedish Environmental Institute
International Jacobs University
University of Applied Sciences Bremen
University of Applied Sciences Kiel
University of Applied Sciences Lübeck
University of Hamburg
Molde College
Maritime Development Center of Europe
Background and Aim


  • Strengthen the maritime business sector and increase its capacity for innovation within the North Sea Region (as well as in the Baltic Sea Region)
  • Contribute significantly to enhance the innovation capacities of the beneficiaries from SME and maritime industry with the development of the NMU qualification offerings. This will ultimately lead to more effective, and a greater absolute level of, investment in product and process innovation by the trained maritime business actors in the North Sea Region.
  • Exploit the likely future growth potential in the fields of short sea shipping (SSS), port operations and global maritime transport and related industries (e.g. logistics services)
  • Strengthen the competitiveness of the industry and services sector and to step up efforts in the areas of industrial policy and the service market
  • Contribute to sustainable development of the growing maritime transport business sector especially in terms of environmental protection
  • Establish a European Area of Research and innovation for the maritime business sector and reaching beyond the project period
  • Strengthen the competitiveness of the European education industry in the maritime business sector in comparison to global competitors and removing obstacles for labour, academic and student mobility.

Maritime industries are promoters of growth and help to improve quality of life within coastal regions. It is important to recognise the wider economic importance of maritime industries and services for the European economy and citizens as a whole (Maritime Policy Green Paper 2006).

With markets becoming increasingly global, tariff barriers disappearing and more information based economies, the maritime industry and its related sectors need to emphasize innovation, competency and collaboration. The potential to learn, collaborate and innovate faster than one's competitors becomes the sustainable source of competitive advantage in the emergent knowledge-based society.

However, the maritime sector in the North Sea and Baltic Sea Regions is facing a lack of well trained maritime business managers. Adequate qualification offerings must reflect the underlying demand for education and qualifications which enhance the innovation capacity of the maritime industries, one of the most globalised of industries.

Expertise in specific aspects of the maritime sector already exists at several centres of excellence housed within universities in the North Sea Region. This broad range of knowledge and expertise needs to be harnessed, connected and gathered within a common and lasting network of universities.

The Northern Maritime University (NMU) met these challenges by building up a strong transnational network of universities in the North Sea Region, which integrated relevant stakeholders from the maritime business sector.

  • Common curricula for North Sea Region oriented maritime business management programmes with qualifications at Bachelors, Masters and CPD levels
  • Qualification offerings in maritime business management including e-learning modules
  • Stakeholder study, a NMU Toolbox identifying the maritime sector's educational needs in the North Sea Region
  • NMU portfolio and a roadmap for programme and content development
  • Professional accreditation of programmes and qualifications
  • Northern Maritime University (NMU) network
Project News
NMU launches its continuation
REGISTER NOW: NMU Network Conference 2012
NMU newsletter in March 2012 published
NMU Pilot Module on "Hinterland Management related to Port Management" at Jacobs University Bremen
Master of Science in Logistics and Transport Management in Gothenburg
"Maritime Human Resource Management" published
Report on the development of maritime competences in the EU published
Conference: Reducing the Impact of Emissions from Aviation and Shipping
NMU newsletter in April 2011 published
Successful seminar on Maritime Logistics in Molde
New partner with expertise in simulation models
Invitation to Bremer Schifffahrtskongress 2011
Apply now for the Forum on Maritime Transport Education & Training
Invitation to new teaching module: “Maritime Transport & the Environment”
NMU newsletter in October 2010 published
NMU expands to Latin America
NMU project meeting and stakeholder visit in Bremen
NMU represents best practice at Open Days 2010
NMU acquires leading company - Beluga Shipping
Podcast available
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NMU Network Conference 2012
Dates: 21/06/2012 - 21/06/2012
Joint project meeting
Dates: 21/09/2011 - 23/09/2011
Bremer Schifffahrtskongress 2011
Dates: 04/04/2011 - 05/04/2011
PSC and WP Meeting
Dates: 03/03/2011 - 04/03/2011
Forum on Maritime Transport Education & Training
Dates: 02/03/2011 - 02/03/2011
PSC and WP Meeting
Dates: 29/09/2010 - 01/10/2010
PSC meeting
Dates: 24/03/2010 - 25/03/2010

NMU Network Conference 2012

"Maritime Human Resource Management" published

Report on the development of maritime competences in the EU published

PSC meeting in Edinburgh

State secretary for European Affairs of the Land Schleswig-Holstein Heinz Maurus, student Alexander Kahn, NMU partners Professor Rolf Granow and Philippa Lenz at the University of Applied Sciences Luebeck.

NMU at Multimodal Birmingham 2010

"Intermodal Freight Transport" published

Project meeting on Fanø – visitors from Interreg Secretariat welcomed by NMU partners

Start of NMU Pilot "Maritime Transport and the Environment" (1/2)

Start of NMU Pilot (2/2)

The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) visited the Transport Research Institute (TRI) in Edinburgh on 2010, February 17th

"Container Vessel" interactive drag and drop tool

NMU project partners at Bremen, 2010.

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