The first Vasco da Gama Summer School was held on 24 to 29 August. It was organised jointly by the CPMR and Kalmar Maritime Academy (Linnaeus University), as part of the Vasco da Gama Project – Training for Greener and Safer Maritime Transport, co-financed by the European Commission.
Participants from the Atlantic, Baltic, Black Sea and North Sea, benefited from briefings and discussion time with high-level speakers on the issues of maritime safety and security, integration of the human element and cultural influences in these areas, and greening of maritime transport. A series of case studies and exercises helped to give an operational dimension to this training course. The presentations are available on the project website.
The lessons learned from this first edition will help to develop the content of future Vasco da Gama Summer Schools.