World Maritime Academy

 developed the free online course

Advance Certificate in Maritime Business,

in short MAR-EVA

(i) to empower disadvantaged women, and 

(ii) to contribute to shipping sustainability

IMO Women date

The 2024 IMO International Day for Women in Maritime, on May 18, 2024, adopts the theme “Safe Horizons: Women Shaping the Future of Maritime Safety”.

MAR-EVA was introduced on May 18, 2022.

Click here to see what women who obtained the certificate, say about the course.

Disadvantaged is a person in unfavorable circumstances, especially with regard to financial or social opportunities.

Sustainability consists of fulfilling the needs of current generations without compromising the needs of future generations, while ensuring a balance between economic growth, environmental care and social well-being.

UN SDG Goals

The WMA initiative towards the direction of UN SDGs’ objectives is the FREE ONLINE MAR- EVA course.

UN Goals

UN SDG’s 4 Quality  Education

UN SDG’s 5 Gender equality

UN SDG’s 14 Life below Water

UN SDG’s 17 Partnerships for the goals


Becasue allows women to

gain greater knowledge, skills, self-confidence & capabilities,


their own life prospects & independency.

Meet our MAR-EVA Instructors & Advisory Committee

A huge thank you to our MAR-EVA Instructors & Advisory Committee for assisting us in delivering the MAR-EVA initiative!

Meet our 20 MAR-EVA Instructors

The course Instructors are women, experts, top shipping managers and directors, shipowners, entrepreneurs, consultants, educators and seafarers from all over the world.

All Mar-Eva Instructors offer their knowledge and experience free of charge and we are thankful to them joining our cause.

Meet the MAR-EVA Advisory Committee

The Course Advisory Committee was established to ensure that periodic consultation is undertaken with relevant external members as part of the ongoing development and management of the Advance Certificate in Maritime Business.

Meet out Supporters

A huge thank you to our supporters for assisting us in delivering the MAR-EVA initiative!

The Swedish club
WISTA Hellas
Minoan Lines Grimaldi Group
Total Marine Solutions TMS
Chios Marine Club
MAR-EVA supporters


The Advance Certificate in Maritime Business (MAR-EVA) is open to every WOMAN who is disadvantaged, socially or financially and she is willing to acquire maritime knowledge, irrespective of age, where she leaves, educational background or experience. Entry to the course is ONLY and STRICLTY open to under-advantaged and disadvantaged women from all over the world, backgrounds, ages and stages of their lives. Each application will be carefully considered and candidates will be interviewed by a panel. Requirements:

  1. Disadvantaged women, socially or financially;
  2. Access to internet;
  3. English competency;
    • Whilst no formal language competence level qualification is required to attend the course, we are looking for participants that possess an intermediate level of English (B1/B2 Independent User on CEFR).
  4. Submit the Application Form (first read the Instructions – see the link in the Application Form page)
  5. All candidates are interviewed. Interviews are taking place, usually from September to October and prior to the commencement of the course.

Are you eligible? if yes, then read more about the course, read the instructions and apply.


The module Short Sea Shipping is dedicated TO THE MEMORY of the ASSISTANT PROFESSOR EVA STEFANIDAKI

Eva joined our cause and co-authored the Short Sea Shipping module with Professor Lekakou.

Her outstanding personality and professionalism, as well as her contribution to shipping will be remembered.

The module Short Sea Shipping is on her memory.

Eva, you will be missed.

Are you elegible? Not sure?

Still not sure?

Fill in the INFORMATION REQUEST FORM, and ask for what you are lookng for.

Information Request for the MAREVA course

If you are interested in learning more about MAR-EVA, please provide us with your detalis.

First Name
Last Name
Date of birth
City of Residence
Country of Residence

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