MarTID – The Global Maritime Training Insights Database

There is broad agreement that a significant percentage of maritime accidents involve human factors causes. As such, top vessel operators and maritime training centers are pouring significant resources into creating best practice and innovative training programs. This is good.

To a large degree, however, the industry as a whole, knows very little about the training approaches and successes of vessel operators and training centers outside personal circles. This means that each training leader is left to his or her own devices to invent and design their best practice training approach. This siloed, rather than collaborative approach dooms each operator to find their own way and repeat the mistakes of others. On a global scale, it means that we cannot benchmark our training approaches and learn from the successes of other industry players. It also means that industry training approaches will mostly advance by individual original effort, not by continually improving on the state of the art. In a sense, this is surprising because as training experts, we should be hard-wired to learn from the experiences of others. Too often we are failing to do so.

With your help, this is all about to change.

MarTID – the Maritime Training Insights Database, is a new non-commercial initiative collaboratively founded by the World Maritime University, New Wave Media and Marine Learning Systems. It's core principles include ethical integrity, objectivity and confidentiality. Each of these organizations is donating their time and resources to make this initiative possible. We are doing this because we believe that sharing information benefits the entire industry.

MarTID will contain anonymized and secure data on industry training practices, foci, and outcomes. It will continually grow in depth and value as a resource through the administration of an annual maritime training practices survey. This database will provide a global picture of maritime training that is not currently available anywhere. It will provide invaluable data on current and emerging training trends and techniques, staffing models, training focus areas, training tools, training resource allocation, assessment practices and so on. It will be an incredible resource to allow each organization to benchmark their own practices, and for governments and other regulatory agencies to be more informed and effective in their oversight and support of the industry. It will help highlight training issues and training successes, and disseminate that information quickly and broadly. The bottom line for training administrators is that it will allow each to make better decisions by benchmarking their own training practices against what is happening in the industry. This makes the industry safer and more efficient, benefiting everyone.

Every year following the survey, a series of reports will be published broadly. These reports will provide both high-level and deep-dive information covering both broad trends as well as deep coverage of emerging issues and successes. We believe that these reports will grow to be a highly anticipated source of information each year.

The MarTID reports can be found on martid.org/martid/resources

We thank you for your interest in and contribution to this important work.


If you have any questions about the survey, please contact us at info@MarTID.org.


The MarTID founders:

  • World Maritime University

  • Marine Learning Systems

  • New Wave Media