India’s leading shipping association, Maritime Association of Shipowners Shipmanagers and Agents (MASSA) has published a list of 40 Indian maritime training institutes as preferred academic establishments, which are well-equipped to impart quality education to Indian as well as global seafarers and Indian students keen on joining merchant navy.
Such a massive exercise undertaken by MASSA for the first time in its history is expected to assist Indian students to identify prestigious maritime institutes, and also help Indian and foreign shipowners and marine crewing agencies world-wide to recognize credible Indian maritime institutes for sourcing well-trained maritime workforce needed to operate around 50,000 specialized cargo ships across the globe.
MASSA CEO, Capt Shiv Halbe said, “No fee was charged to the maritime institutes, which participated voluntarily in this 9-month long pan-India survey-exercise conducted under our supervision by a Mumbai-based research agency, IRRE or ISF Institute of Research and Education.”
“Through such an endeavor, we aim to increase the global share of Indian seafarers from 7% currently to at least 9% in the near future,” added Capt Halbe.
Currently, around 150 Government of India’s maritime-administration approved institutes offer a variety of marine related courses across the country. The institutes mentioned in MASSA’s preferred list are mainly located in and around prominent Indian cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Panjim, Kolkata and Pune.
It is widely known that the future of India in global shipping sector will primarily depend on its strength of providing young & dynamic seafaring-human-resources of highest standards in the years to come. India has so far maintained a coveted place as one of the respected suppliers of competent seafarers and strategic ship managers to the international maritime sector. However, India with 12% of the world’s population has just 8% of the seafarers market currently, whilst the Philippines with just 2% of the world’s population has grabbed about 20 per cent global share.
In such a scenario, the preferred list of maritime institutes published by MASSA recently will help Indian seafarers and students to up skill their maritime acumen and enhance employment chances at the global level.
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