Advancing Maritime Training

Through Research and Innovation

Our commitment to pioneering research and development ensures that maritime professionals are equipped with the latest skills and knowledge, fostering safety, enviroment and efficiency at sea.

Innovative Technologies

We are at the forefront of developing cutting-edge technologies that revolutionize safety of navigation as well as maritime training.

Safety Protocols

Our research focuses on enhancing safety protocols to ensure the well-being of maritime professionals.

The Importance of R&D in Maritime Sector

Research and Development (R&D) plays a crucial role in advancing maritime training. It drives innovation, improves safety standards, and ensures that seafarers are well-prepared to handle the complexities of modern seafaring. Furthermore R&D ensure to identify a new technologies to support maritime sector and seafarers during daily work. New technologies are tested in a real environment through IMAT complex simulators including human in the loop. Several actors are involved in the concepts validation e.g. Master, chief mate , chief engineer officers, second engineer officers, naval engineer, machine engineer, electrical engineer, aeronautical engineer, safety expert, human factor expert and so on.

 In that way the same aspects can be developed from different point of view. At IMAT-Training center STCW, we are dedicated to continuous research and innovation, aiming to provide the highest quality training programs that meet the evolving needs of the maritime industry. Furthermore new professionals required by maritime sector and related competencies/skills have been developed in order to support our partners and provide standardization to the sector.

R&D Projects

Our current projects include the development of advanced simulator technologies, new safety training protocols, and sustainable maritime practices. Each project is designed to address specific challenges in the maritime industry and improve overall training effectiveness.

Information on Current Projects

IMAT is currently engaged in several innovative projects aimed at advancing maritime safety and training:

  • OVERHEAT Project: OVERHEAT – Innovative Strategies for Containership Fires Prevention and Management focuses on preventing and managing fires aboard containerships through innovative digital solutions like IoT sensors and UAS. It emphasizes early detection, rapid response, and enhancing safety culture to ensure crew safety and environmental protection. The initiative aims to set new standards in fire management aligned with IMO regulations, starting with simulated validations and real-world demonstrations to prove feasibility and benefits.

  • UP-Sailing Project: UP-SAILING – Cultivating Green Skills in the Maritime Sector aims at introducing a new training strategy for the development of green skills in maritime studies, in compliance with the most current and pioneering environmental policies as expressed in the EU and member states policy dialogue.


Participation in European Projects

Horizon 2020: IMAT actively participates in Horizon 2020, the largest EU Research and Innovation program ever, aiming to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation, and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

ERASMUS+: Through the ERASMUS+ program, IMAT collaborates with various European educational institutions to promote the exchange of skills, knowledge, and expertise in maritime training. This includes student and staff exchanges, joint training programs, and collaborative research projects.

Other Relevant European Projects: IMAT is also involved in other significant European projects, focusing on enhancing maritime safety, environmental sustainability, and technological advancements in maritime training.

Agreements with Different Partners

IMAT has established agreements with various prestigious institutions to advance research and development in maritime training. Current partners include:

Simulators and Facilities for R&D

IMAT is equipped with state-of-the-art simulators and facilities dedicated to research and development, including:

  • Firefighting Field: A specialized training ground designed to simulate real-life firefighting scenarios for maritime professionals.
  • Training Lake: A facility for conducting various water-based training exercises, ensuring practical and effective skill development for maritime operations.
  • Simulation Complex: Includes 4 advanced bridge simulators, 2 engine room simulators, over 258 linked workstations, and 21 mini bridges.

Meet Our Experts

Our Dedicated Team

IMAT can count on a large group of researchers with different skills in different fields of the maritime sector (Master, chief mate, chief engineer officers, second engineer officers, naval engineer, machine engineer, electrical engineer, aeronautical engineer, safety expert, human factor expert)


For potential research project collaborations, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at: m.pasciuto@imat2006.it

Prof. Ph.d Marco Pasciuto

Prof. Ph.d Marco Pasciuto

Project design and Research Manager

Dr. Giovanna Giovanditti

Dr. Giovanna Giovanditti

Italian & Foreign Flags 'Accreditation Manager

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