For the implementation of the Project, the Principal Beneficiary will develop the Integrated Maritime Education Information System (MIS), operated by the Seafarers Training Directorate the Hellenic Coast Guard Headquarters. This Information System will consist of a subset of subsystems that will comprise all maritime training activities related to the Central Service (STD) and the Public Merchant Marine Schools. At the same time, software will be installed as well as the necessary equipment at the faculties eligible for the Program and a web portal will be created.
The purpose of this project is to develop a central, web portal accessible to both ordinary citizens for information, as well as to the students / seafarers concerned as well as to local operators and system administrators, including a multitude subsystems to support Maritime Education through an Integrated Information System (MIS-NE). The MIS-NE to be developed includes the following Phases:
- Application Design
- Development of an Integrated Maritime Education Information System
- Supply and installation of equipment and system software
- User and Administrator Training
- Pilot mode
From the perspective of the other Beneficiary, the development of an interactive e-registry (e-register) of seafarers is planned. From early on, since 1963, Cyprus has recognized the political, economic and social importance and importance of shipping. Since then, with the implementation of the right policy, governments have been able to attract many businessmen in the shipping industry to the island. Cyprus has evolved into a fully-developed shipping center that combines a flag of prestige and credibility, and a domestic shipping industry renowned for its excellent quality services as well as high levels of safety. All this has been achieved despite the violent territorial and population segregation of the island.
Cyprus is one of the largest ship management centers in the world and Greek-owned shipping is the world’s leading fleet. Synergies regarding the use of existing data and the development of new electronic applications for maritime education and careers, particularly in times of economic crisis, are of the highest national importance for both countries. The development of maritime career information support system in order to better, more reliable and faster service to the Navy and the entire maritime community is a necessity, but also an important perspective, since the two countries share the top positions in the merchant navy for decades.
The specific objectives of the Convention are as follows:
- Digitization of the archive file of the SDM Marine Registry, which numbers approximately 6.5 million pages, distributed in about 184 thousand individual seafarers’ files.
- Creating an interactive web application for the Navy’s career for use by seafarers, NSPs and companies.
Expected results are:
- Digitization. The existing SDM material file will be digitized and stored in a secondary storage. Included:
- Digitization of documents to be nominated by an officer of the SDM.
- Electronic storage of documents in a storage unit.
- Electronic archiving and management of scanned documents.
- Interactive web application for seafarers and companies.
- The app enables seafarers who are registered in the naval inventory register to be informed of the content of the digital file and to inform their digital file for training and seagoing service as well as changes in their personal information registered in the digital maritime inventory.
- All information entered by seafarers should be supported by documents submitted by them in digital format through the application. The information to be approved by a SDM official will be incorporated into the seafarer’s digital file.
- The application will be able to issue reports that seafarers will request in the form of a CV. The seaman will be able to share the note with other persons or companies.
- Reports will bear a unique serial number and be capable of any person in possession of the report confirm, through an interactive application authenticity by entering the serial number and the number of naval registry.
- The SDM will be able to use the application to issue reports in relation to its database and its usability.
- The database will be compatible with the SDM computer system, so that it can be used by it.
- The application will be able to update with data from the existing computer system of the SDM using the ORACLE database.
- The application should be implemented with free software / open source software and the code together with the documentation should be handed over to the SDM, which will be the sole owner. Disclosure of the application to third parties will only take place after the approval of the SDM.
- All necessary equipment (infrastructure) will be placed in the SDM as well as all necessary licenses (if and when needed). All equipment must be supported and maintained for 5 years from the date of delivery.
- The application can be used by ten thousand users (10,000) and simultaneous use by one hundred (100) users. For each user, a storage space of at least five hundred (500) Megabytes will be available.
- The application must be able to be used by the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome as well as Android and IOS.