Cesma Europe Organisation

Confederation of European Shipmasters' Associations" 



CESMA was founded in 1995 and represents twenty shipmasters’ associations, as well as a number of individual members, in fifteen European Union and future EU countries. The aims are to represent EU shipmasters at the European Commission and have their opinion heard in the European Parliament.

CESMA has 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.

Apart 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 College Zeemanshoop.

CESMA has branch offices at fifteen other locations in the EU (see contacts).