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Indian Register of Shipping launches Centre of Excellence in Maritime and Shipbuilding (CEMS), special purpose vehicle

Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), a leading classification society, has announced the formation of a special purpose vehicle – ‘Centre of Excellence in Maritime and Shipbuilding’ (CEMS) in association with Ministry of Shipping and Siemens.

 The demand of various industries within the maritime sector and the needs of Sagarmala projects in addition to the market scenario call for efficient workforce to meet the goals. A skill gap and a necessity to upskill the current workforce in shipbuilding and maritime sector have driven to the need for a Centre of Excellence (COE).

The Centre of Excellence will focus on the design of commercial ships in India; moreover, it will also support various Indian shipyards in their design needs; it will develop appropriate ship designs based on the market needs taking into consideration ship owners and the operators in the country.

 .CEMS will deploy an industry-relevant skill development program, and equip students with employable engineering and technical skills in the areas of Ship Hull Design, Ship Detailed Design, Shipbuilding & Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), and advanced digital manufacturing-factory concepts, says an official release.

The Centre of Excellence will have two campuses – one at IRS Mumbai and the other at IMU Vishakapatnam. The physical infrastructure already exists at both the campuses and only minor changes and upgrades are required. By using the existing buildings and other infrastructure facilities, the COE would create world-class lab infrastructure.




The COE aims to provide 50 courses across 18 specializations; covering 770 modules out of which 270 will be tools and algorithm based courses while 500 will be process and sector based.

Executive Chairman Mr. Arun Sharma said today: “For IRS it is a watershed moment to be entering the area of skill development in Maritime and Shipbuilding, both synergistic and complementary. We are proud to be partnering both Government of India and Siemens. We look forward to create something world class”.

 



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