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JA Europe and JA Asia Pacific Partner with BSM to Promote Innovation in the Maritime Sector

Brussels, Belgium, 28 September 2023

On the occasion of World Maritime Day, JA Europe and JA Asia Pacific are thrilled to announce their growing partnership with Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), a global leader in ship management services and integrated maritime solutions.

This collaboration marks a significant milestone in increasing awareness on the multi-disciplinary maritime industry and career paths for young people across Europe and Asia, while supporting education for youth.

World Maritime Day, celebrated annually on September 28th, provides an ideal backdrop for this partnership, as it underscores the importance of maritime transport and the global shipping industry in driving economic growth and sustaining the environment.

About the Partnership:

JA Europe and BSM have been partnering since 2021, jointly creating positive impact on local and global communities, especially those related to the maritime industry, by providing a unique opportunity to young people in the markets where BSM operates. Through this extended partnership, JA Europe and JA Asia Pacific will continue to work closely with BSM to engage with young people through an Innovation Camp that introduces young students to the fascinating world of maritime industry, offering insights into careers and opportunities within the sector.

The partnership aims to:

  • Foster Skills Development: JA Europe and JA Asia Pacific will collaborate with BSM in six countries - Cyprus, Greece, Ukraine, India, Singapore and Philippines to create a global maritime-focused Innovation Camp Challenge from March 13-20 that will equip students aged 15-18 with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in the shipping industry.
  • Inspire the Next Generation: By providing young people with hands-on experiences, mentorship, and exposure to maritime professionals through dedicated “Career days”, the partnership aims to ignite the young people’s interest in maritime-related careers.
  • Raise Global Awareness: The global Innovation Camp will allow students to experience international collaboration first-hand, enabling them to gain a broader understanding of the global shipping industry and the maritime sector and their significance in the world economy.


Salvatore Nigro, CEO of JA Europe: "We are delighted to partner with BSM to inspire and empower young minds and connect them with the vast opportunities in the maritime industry. Through this partnership, we will prepare a new generation of talent that will drive innovation and sustainability in the maritime sector."

Maziar Sabet, CEO of JA Asia Pacific: "World Maritime Day serves as a poignant reminder of the vital role that the maritime industry plays in our interconnected world. Together with BSM, we aim to empower youth in the Asia Pacific region with the knowledge and skills to contribute to this dynamic sector."

Elena Pantazidou, HR Shore Director of BSM, “Shipping is such an exciting and innovative industry that offers great job opportunities in a vigorous global working environment. Together with JA Europe and JA Asia Pacific, BSM aims to inspire the next generation and promote maritime education and awareness. We believe that the collaboration will not only benefit the industry but also empower young talents to embark on fulfilling careers in the maritime sector.”

About JA Europe, JA Asia Pacific, and BSM: JA Europe:

JA Europe: We are Europe’s leader in entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial health programmes for youth. JA Europe is one of the Regional Operating Centres of JA Worldwide. In the last school year, the JA Europe network provided over 6.6 million learning experiences for youth in online, in person and blended formats

JA Asia Pacific: JA Asia Pacific is a regional office of JA Worldwide, one of the largest global NGOs dedicated to youth education and empowerment. It focuses on equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to thrive in the 21st century.

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM): BSM is an integrated maritime solutions provider. Managing a fleet of over 650 vessels, more than 20,000 seafarers and 2,000 shore-based employees enable the delivery of safe, reliable and efficient ship management services through a network of 11 ship management, 26 crew service and four wholly owned maritime training centres across the world. Alongside comprehensive ship management services, BSM offers a suite of complementary maritime solutions that are customised to meet individual customer requirements. As a member of the Schulte Group, BSM benefits from its 140+ years of experience in the shipping industry.


For media inquiries or further information, please contact: Minna Melleri, Chief of Advocacy and Growth at JA Europe (minna@jaeurope.org)

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