AP Moller – Maersk pushes for skill development in the maritime sector

Maersk, a global integrator of container logistics, has laid the foundation stone for its AP Moller – Maersk Centre of Excellence facility at Thenpattinam (Tamil Nadu), today. Maersk, with this training facility, aims to support skill development and training needs for Maersk cadets across job functions (deck, electrical and engine).

Maersk signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Academy of Maritime Education and Training (AMET) University to jointly operate this facility with an aim to maintain a steady channel of Indian seafarers for its operations.

The AP Moller – Maersk Centre of Excellence will be spread over 8 acres of land (32,375 sq. mt.) and will be a part of a larger 12 acre (48,500 sq. mt.) maritime campus set up by AMET.

The centre will provide world-class facilities’ like smart classrooms, workshops, and will house approximately 160 deck and engine cadets for Bachelor’s Programme in Nautical Science and Marine Engineering. Also, electrical cadets will be taken in as per requirement on a yearly basis. 

Niels Bruus, Head of Marine Human Recourses at Maersk said “Currently, Maersk does not have any exclusive training facility in India for its cadets. We are relying on multiple colleges for training them. The AP Moller – Maersk Centre of Excellence will help us focus our skill development efforts on a single location, especially in a country like India from where we have the highest recruitment of cadets in the world. We hope to inspire our cadets to explore horizons beyond their own by synergizing AMET’s 25+ years of experience in maritime education and our vision to train our cadets in a world-class training facility, building enhanced collaboration between company and Academia.”

The new facility will give seafarers practical training, marine workshop for hands-on training on marine auxiliaries, ship-in-campus and other such facilities backed by an overall conducive learning environment at this centre.

“We want to add more value to the training standards during school phase of our cadets. There is a gap between theoretical syllabus and important competency needs on our modern container vessels. This is the gap that we are looking forward to plugging at our centre,” Bruus added.

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