Nexhat Kapidani


Personal information

Surname / First name: Nexhat Kapidani

Telephone(s): +382-69-035-958



 Fillip Ljumovica 10 Ulcinj 85360,

Nationality Montenegrin

Date of birth: 06/07/1972



 Dates: 01 Jun 2013 –

Occupation or
 position held:

Main activities and

  • Management of MSD, EU negotiations process in Maritime Transport field,
    drafting or reviewing of bilateral agreements, interagency agreements,
    legislation, strategic papers, project proposals, technical papers etc;
  • Responsible for international relations, searching and  securing of international funds for achieving
    MSD and Montenegro  goals on maritime
    safety marine environment protection issues;
  • Project manager for the second phase of approved EU IPA funded project:
    VTMIS (Vessel Traffic Monitoring Information System) phase II and National
    Maritime Single Window Implementation (NMSW) (2015 – 2023);
  • As a head of the Technical Maintenance unit in MSD I am responsible for
    all preventive and corrective maintenance for technical systems in MSD like
    VTMIS, GMDSS, AIS, VHF and IT (hardware and software). I do supervision and
    participate in elimination of major failures when needed;
  • Facilitating exchange and integration of VTMIS maritime data from
    various sensor to other national agencies
  • Representing Montenegro on meetings, conferences, assemblies at
    National, Regional, EU and International level for matters related to maritime
    safety IMO (International Maritime Organization), European Commission, EMSA
    (European Maritime Safety Agency), IMSO (International Mobile Satellite
    Organization), REMPEC (Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for
    the Mediterranean);
  • National focal point for CleanSeaNet, EU LRIT DC, SafeSeaNet and NMSW;
  • Project coordinator for transnational EU funded project, MED Program:
    MEDESS-4MS (Mediterranean Decision Support System for Marine Safety) dedicated
    to the strengthening of maritime safety by mitigating the risks and impacts
    associated to oil spills;

Dates: Jun 2008 to Jun 2013

Occupation or  position held: Senior Adviser of
Director  – Maritime Safety Department
(MSD) of Montenegro

Main activities and  responsibilities:

  • Maintenance supervision for GMDSS, AIS and IT systems (hardware and
    software) in MSD and participating in elimination of major failures;
  • Coordinating of MSD activities related to maritime safety and marine
    environment protection in Montenegro
  • Responsible for international relations, searching and  securing of international funds for
    achieving   MSD and Montenegro  goals on maritime safety and marine
    environment protection issues;
  • Participating and representing MSD and Montenegro on meetings,
    conferences, assemblies at National, Regional, European and International level
    for matters related to maritime safety and marine environment protection: IMO,
    European Commission, EMSA, IMSO, REMPEC, Euromed Transport forum etc.;
  • Project manager for 3,5 mill € IPA EU funded project: “Establishment of
    VTMIS and improvement of authority's response to marine pollution incident in
    Montenegro" (2008-2015);
  • Implementation of LRIT (Long Range Identification and Tracking for
    ships) in Montenegro and National focal point for LRIT at IMO and IMSO;
  • Implementation of national AIS network and facilitating of AIS data
    exchange with various systems;

May 2007 to 2013            

Consultant  – Montenegro BAS Programme – contract job

  • Implementation of projects related to Computerized Financial/
    Management Information Systems for SME (Small and Medium Enterprises)  (Access, SQL)

 July 2001 to Jun 2008    

Engineer, Cikom – Podgorica -
time job

  • Network  planning, installation
    and administration, (Windows, UNIX ), sale and post-sale support
  • Project Manager for Microsoft Program and Microsoft Training Program

 Jan 2000 to Mar 2001

IT  Officer , World Vision International –USA,
Office  Bar
part time job

  • Network administrator (Win9x, NT), database design and administration
    (MS Access)  and IT support

 Jul 1999 to Dec 1999

IT  Clerk , UNHCR (UN relief agency) – Satellite
office in Ulcinj  
part time job

  • Network administrator (Win9x, NT) and IT support (Lotus Notes);
  • Co-coordinating activities with local government, NGOs and other stakeholders
    in identifying needs (shelter, food, non-food, health and community services)
    and providing assistance to Kosovo refugees in Montenegro.

 July 1996 to July 2001            

Engineer, Telecom of Montenegro – Ulcinj –
full time job

  • Network administrator (Windows, UNIX), hardware and software support.
  • Database administration (Access, Informix, VBA, MS Office),

 and training:

to 1990              Mathematical high school in Bar.

1990 to 1992               Started studies in
Electrotehnical faculty on University of Sarajevo – Bosnia and Herzegovina.

1992 to 1995               Completed studies in Faculty for
Electrical Engineering on University of Podgorica, Montenegro.  I got

2000                               Started Master degree at Faculty for
Electrical Engineering on University of Podgorica (mentor prof. dr Milica
Pejanovic – Djurisic). Field of research was primarily telecommunication.

2000 to 2008               MCSE – Microsoft Certified System Engineer and MCT – Microsoft Certified Trainer.

2008 to 2017               Various trainings in Montenegro
and abroad (Italy, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Cyprus, Malta, Portugal, Croatia
etc) on marine telecommunication (VHF, radar), VTS, VTMIS, GMDSS, ARPA, ECDIS, maritime
safety and project management

May 2010                      Training on “Maritime
operational law” – Malta, supported by U.S. Government

2011 to 2014               Master degree at Maritime faculty
in Kotor (mentor prof. dr Sanja Bauk). Completed and earned Master’s degree for
maritime sciences. Thesis: VTMIS implementation in Montenegro.

Oct 2014                       OPITO MIST (Minimum
Industry Safety Training) for Offshore Oil & Gas Industry

Aug 2015                      IVLP- International
Visitor Leadership Program, 3 week study visit to U.S. sponsored by U.S. Government

2015                               Started PhD studies at Maritime
faculty in Kotor. Fields of research: MSW, VTMIS, e-Nav etc.

2017                               INVO-HERIC national scholarship for
excellence, for the implementation short term PhD research at Faculty of
Maritime Studies in



Kapidani N., Bauk S.,
, Proc. of the 7th International Conference:
Ports and Waterways – POWA,

Kapidani N., Bauk S.,

Georgoudis E. Kapidani N.
, Proc. of the 8th International;
Conference: Ports and Waterways – POWA,

Kapidani N. Master thesis: „

Kapidani N,
, 17th International conference on
transport science ICTS 2015,

Bauk S., Kapidani N.,
11th International conference Transnav 2015 on marine navigation and safety of
sea transportation,

Kapidani N.,
, International Maritime Competitiveness
Initiative, 3rd International Maritime Symposium – IMCI 2015,
, 23-24.10.2015, ISBN:
978-9928-4108-2-5, pp 79-84;

Kapidani N., Kočan E.,
, 23rd Telecommunications
Forum TELFOR 2015 - IEEE Conference,

Rødseth O.J., Kapidani N. 2017.
. proc. of the MTEC2017,
26-28 April, 2017,

10.      Bauk S., Kapidani N.,
Schmeink A.,  Holtham C.,
, Our sea :
International Journal of Maritime Science & Technology,

11.      Bauk S., Kapidani N.,
Schmeink A.,

memberships and certificates:

Apr 2002            

Jul 2002              

– Microsoft Certified
– Microsoft Certified
System Administrator

2008                                            Member of Montenegro
Chamber of Engineers

Since 2012               Member
of Expert Working Group on AIS data exchange in Mediterranean, hosted by
Italian Coast Guard in Rome, Italy and EMSA Lisbon – Portugal

Since 2013               Working
group for preparing Montenegro accession negotiations with EU for chapter 14 -

Since 2014               Member
of CleanSeaNet technical expert working group on satellite detecting of oil
spills at sea EMSA Lisbon, appointed by Government of Montenegro

Since 2015               Member
of SafeSeaNet and EU LRIT technical expert working group on satellite
identification and tracking of vessels, EMSA Lisbon, appointed by Government of


Albanian:  Fluently (Native)

Montenegrin: Fluently (Native) (same
 as Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian)

English: Fluently – C1/C2 (self-assessment)

German: B2 (OSD B2 exam
 passed on 09.12.2017.)

Italian: Working level - B1/B2

French: Some understanding - A1/A2 (self-assessment)

 Oct 2017 German language course B1/B2
level for senior ministry officials from EU member states, sponsored by German Foreign
Office and the Goethe-Institute, Dresden, German

Driver's license B, boat

Hobbies and
        Traveling, swimming, basketball, foreign languages etc.

Nexhat Kapidani

Expert in the Maritime Safety (VTMIS , NMSW, LRIT, GMDSS, AIS, VHF and IT (hardware and software)), Maritime Law, Ports and Terminals.

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