The possibility of marine officers’ shortage playing havoc with ship manning plans has continued to weigh heavily on manning companies world wide. Many have opened their offices in India to source Indian marine officers but have not been able to find a lasting solution to their problem.
Taking on a proactive role Maersk, the Danish ship major and part of A P Moller were the first to India by entering into an agreement with a pre-sea training institute, AMET in Chennai, for training a massive 220 cadets in October 2003. Four years later, Singapore based Executive Ship Management, set up their Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies in Lonavala, India, which besides providing buddy youth for a career at sea also provide the company with an additional source to meet their marine officers’ requirement. secure their requirement of marine officers from an established source in
The Anglo Eastern Group considered being one of the largest third parties ‘ship management companies of the world’ has now taken a giant step in this direction and on February 2 2010 inaugurated its own Anglo Eastern Maritime Academy at Karjat, India, to meet their entire requirement of additional marine officers required for their rapidly growing fleet which today boasts of 330 ships with this number continuing to grow rapidly with the company’s dynamic expansion strategy.
Peter Cremers, Chief Executive Officer of the Anglo Eastern Group at the inaugural said, “I strongly believe that good business sense – mixed with a bit of a dream – and a pinch or more of social responsibility are fundamental ingredients for success in business. From modest beginnings – we now employ over 8,000 seafaring officers from this continent. Anglo-Eastern’s internal needs are for over 550 deck and engine cadets a year – 80% sourced from India.
“The expansion of Anglo-Eastern as one of the World’s foremost suppliers of ship management services is only limited by its ability to have a competent and expanding staff base 5 to 10 years down the line. At a 10% growth per year, this requires planning and foresight.”
India’s basic education in seafaring is considered to be second to none with a significant population growth and having a large pool of people interested in a career at sea. The government of India has realized the employment potential in this sector and has taken note of the worldwide shortage of 33,000 marine officers as indicated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO