All Hands On Deck

This project tries to recover and connect the traditional techniques and methodology of shipwright job position in every maritime area, one of the oldest jobs in Europe, to adapt them to train it on the new times and produce the tools for training adult people in this job position

About Project

“All Hands On Deck!” is a well-known signal used on board of ships, and it calls for everyone to come help in a particular situation. The labor crisis of the last years has also affected the shipwright profession, one of the oldest occupations in Europe, and especially two groups: young workers and apprentices have difficulties to find job opportunities, and professionals beyond the age of 45 years do not easily adapt to the changing labor market.

In line with the European Agenda for Adult Learning (ET2020) it is necessary to give more opportunities to possible career transitions in case of long-term unemployment. At the same time, some professions such as shipwright are growing in some parts of Europe, and a replication in other countries is expected, because wooden shipbuilding is more environmentally friendly, and expert shipbuilders are highly requested in all maritime areas. Traditional shipbuilding craftsmanship is however forgotten or being taken over by other materials and techniques, although it represents an art of working with wood and an opportunity to preserve the traditional cultural heritage of European marine areas.


The AHOD project aims to recover and connect traditional techniques and skills of the shipwright profession, one of the oldest occupations in Europe’s maritime areas. The project creates training tools for adult professionals and thus contributes to the conservation of immaterial cultural heritage in shipwright.

The project documents and displays the traditional techniques and skills of shipwright profession in several different maritime areas across Europe and adapt them into contemporary training content that can help to recover and revive the carpentry of ships




Contact details of coordinator: Cátedra de Historia y Patrimonio Naval, Edificio D. Campus de Espinardo. Universidad de Murcia, Espinardo, Murcia, 30100. Mail: -

ALL HANDS ON DECK - European work heritage in shipwright for present and future (AHOD), project number 2019-1-ES01-KA204-065201, is a European project funded by the Erasmus+ programme, with duration from December 2019 to June 2022. This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.