MASSA upgrades its existing maritime training infrastructure in India
India’s leading shipping association, The Maritime Association of Shipowners Shipmanagers and Agents (MASSA) has upgraded its maritime training infrastructure at its existing world-class academy based in Chennai (South India) with the support of The Maritime Floating Staff Welfare Trust – an Indian Trust that provides support & assistance to Indians working in foreign shipping companies registered with prominent shipping bodies of India.
The sprawling and modern campus of Chennai based MASSA Maritime Academy (MMA Chennai) operated on no-profit-no loss basis by MASSA has thus become a centre of attraction for millions of Indian seafarers keen on upgrading their maritime skills.
Addressing a conglomeration of leaders of the Indian maritime industry gathered at MASSA’s MMA Chennai, Mr Amitabh Kumar, Additional Director General of Shipping (Government of India) expressed his strong desire to raise the global share of Indian seafarers to at least 1,80,000 maritime professionals in the next two years through skilling and academic initiatives. In his speech, he also spoke about the importance of ‘quality’ of maritime education currently imparted in India. He added, “Indeed, it will be a challenge to come up with a uniform syllabus, course content and examination system in India”.
As India with 12 per cent of the world’s population has just 7 per cent of the seafarers market while Philippines with just 2 per cent of the world’s population has grabbed 20 per cent global share, Indian government’s prime focus on increasing the global share of Indian seafarers through skilling initiatives in association with credible shipping bodies like MASSA has attracted wide attention world-wide. Also as India’s GDP is expected to grow around 7 per cent in the future, the employment for Indian students in merchant navy are expected to rise phenomenally in the years to come.
Source: Maritime Association of Shipowners Shipmanagers and Agents (MASSA)