ECSA and ETF launch joint project WESS

07 Apr 2020

ECSA and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) are happy to announce that they have been awarded EU funding for a new joint social dialogue project that will be implemented over the next 24 months.

The project is entitled “Contributing to an Attractive, Smart and Sustainable Working Environment in the Shipping Sector” (WESS).

The WESS project will involve the implementation of several activities centred around two pillars:

In order to implement the above-mentioned tasks, the project management team has launched a call for tender, to look for an external expert or group of experts. The expert or group of experts will support them with the implementation of the priority actions identified in their joint declaration of intention on the enhanced participation of women in EU shipping. Please find the call for tender here. The deadline for applications is 29 May 2020, 12:00 (midnight Brussels time).

A call for tender for experts to support in implementing the research on digitalisation on board will soon follow.

For all details regarding the WESS project, please visit

For more information about the project, please contact Claudia Vella Casagrande ( or Penny Serveta ( or Lotte Ockerman (

ECSA and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) are the Social Partners’ organisations recognised by the EU in representing the interests of employers and employees in the Social Dialogue Committee for the Maritime transport sector.