Friday, August 2, 2013

Maritime Education, Training Summit: Quality (Maritime) education & independent regulatory body need of the hour


The Maritime Education & Training and Multimodal Logistics Summit 2013 has adopted 16 important resolutions which included formulation of All India Council for Maritime Education (AICME) for studies in nautical and marine engineering subjects in order to effectively control maritime education; inclusion of a collegium of stakeholders in the inspection regime for maritime training institutions; assigning of at least two inspection agencies for unbiased inspection of maritime institutionscomposition of a regulatory authority or inspecting agency for maritime training institutions with domain expertise; consideration of port charge waiver for cargo ships equipped with training decks and maintaining a proper and healthy ratio between 
education and training.
These resolutions, proposed and adopted by experts, would be presented in detail to the official concerned in due course.
The main objective of the summit was to showcase the importance of quality education and appropriate training to bring efficiency in shipping, port-related and allied maritime sectors.
Addressing the gathering after inaugurating the summit, an initiative of Kerala Sea & Trade in Kochi on Aug. 1, Mr. K. Babu, Minister of Fisheries, Ports & Excise, Government of Kerala, has said that there is wide scope for maritime sector and hence there would be immense demand for qualified and experienced seafarers within the State as well for our nation.
He added: “Understanding the potential, the Kerala Government is pursuing dialogue with the Centre for setting up a Maritime University in the State.”

Mr. Babu stated: “The Government is working towards an integrated multimodal system linking various modes of transport (road, rail and seaport) for cargo and passenger movement in the State. Measures are also being adopted for revamping port infrastructure facilities by setting up dedicated new cargo terminals. To make cargo movement commercially viable through inland waterways, the Government is planning to shift 20 % of current road cargo movement to waterways by 2020.”

Laying stress on the importance of exploring new avenues, he observed: “The cargo movement through waterways would be cheaper, along with advantages like decreased road congestion and air pollution. In the first phase, a coastal container ship will be operated from Kollam to Kochi and in the second phase, other smaller ports will be included for coastal cargo movement.”
Capt. S. Bhardwaj, Professor Emeritus & former Vice-Chancellor, AMET University, pointed out: “In order to attract young people to a life-long career in maritime sector in general, efforts should be directed towards what shipping delivers and how shipping works.”

Prof. G. Raghuram, Professor, IIM-Ahmedabad, and former Vice-Chancellor, Indian Maritime University, noted: “The current MET system has not fully oriented itself to providing a holistic education, keeping in view the long term career and changing profile of aspirants.”
Efforts are required, firstly, in sourcing and training quality faculty; secondly in a broader and deeper curriculum design and thirdly in selection of aspirants, especially in the criteria of appropriate attitude, he remarked.
Talking on the challenges faced by seafarers and Ship Manager, Capt. Dinesh Gautama, Advisor, Narottam Morarjee Institute of Shipping, said: “The real challenges for seafarers is to adapt to rampant piracy areas at sea and then the stringent statutory requirements that keep arising every day in different parts of the world despite the fact that IMO does its best to act as an umbrella organization for uniformity of global regulations.”
With regard to piracy, which is a major issue today, Mr. Chirag Bahri, Regional Director – South Asia, Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme, stated: “As per Ocean beyond Piracy’s economic report of 2012, the cost of maritime piracy to the global economy fell by 12.6 % from around $7 billion in 2011 to between $5.7 and $6.1 billion in 2012.”

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