Skill Development in the Port & Maritime sector is an opportunity to improve the Country's coastal areas and be the leading supplier of skilled youth in the sector globally, a top Shipping Ministry Official said recently.
Ministry of Shipping under its flagship Rs 14 lakh crore Sagarmala Programme a world class Centre of Excellence in maritime and ship building (CEMS) is being set up in partnership with Siemens and Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) at a cost of Rs 766 crore.
CEMS aims to become an International Nodal centre in South Asia, attracting students from neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia for skill development in the Port and Maritime sector.
"Skill Development in the Port & Maritime sector is an opportunity to improve our coastal areas, usher in port led prosperity and provide the world with skilled youth. We are one of the leading suppliers of seafarers in the world and now want to be the leading supplier for all talent in the Port and Maritime sector," Secretary Shipping, Gopal Krishna said addressing a workshop here.
A Shipping Ministry statement said the World class centre of excellence in CEMS will have campuses in Visakhapatnam and Mumbai, and will train 10,512 students per year.
Partial operationalisation of CEMS is expected to start by the June-end 2018 and these are likely to be completed by September 2018.
The Ministry said for Maritime Logistics, a multi-skill development centre for Maritime Logistics is being set up in Uran near JNPT Mumbai.
This centre in collaboration with Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship will provide for entry level skilled workforce for Maritime Logistics.