Confederation of European Shipmasters' Associations"
CESMA was founded in 1995
and represents fifteen shipmasters
associations, as well as a number of individual members, in twelve European Union and
future EU countries.
The aims are
to represent EU shipmasters at the European Commission and have their opinion heard in the
emerged as stakeholder in the EU maritime industry. Matters concerning maritime safety,
the marine environment and maritime education and training, with particular reference to
safeguarding the competence of EU seafarers, has already been brought to the attention of
the EU Commission. The Confederation was
and is represented in a number of European Commission programmes such as METNET,EMRF,
MARNIS and SAGMAS and is involved in the Quality Shipping Industry Charter and the
Planning Group of the EU Maritime Industries Forum. (Framework Program no. 6)
from studying and presenting operational problems of the EU shipping industry, CESMA also
provides consultancy and advice on practical aspects of shipping.
The Secretariat of the organisation, which is fully independent and operates on a
honorary basis, is located in The Netherlands, Amsterdam at the premises of the Royal
CESMA has branch offices at twelve other locations in the EU.
To work in the interest of EU shipmasters and to promote high professional maritime
To improve maritime safety,
To protect the marine environment,
To inform the public in the EU about problems in the European maritime industry,
To cooperate with other international maritime organisations,
To retain and develop the highest maritime knowledge and experience in Europe,
To be involved in research on maritime matters, if applicable in cooperation with other
European institutions and organisations.
assist colleague shipmasters who encounter difficulties in ports within the reach of
nations represented by CESMA member associations
CESMA | THE ONLY INDEPENDENT EU PROFESSIONAL MARITIME ORGANISATION