Anglo Eastern 1st ship manager to hold 2nd mate’s course
AEMTC’s is the first among ship management and shipping company to conduct the second mates function course
Call it competition or a race to keep ahead of others. But there is an obvious trend to enhance quality of training so that those passing out of these institutes are more capable, better skilled and resilient to meet the challenges of the future. In the recent past there have been a few maritime training institutes which have been hogging the limelight having introduced new techniques or courses which has put them in the premier position. Last month it was the Great Eastern Institute of Maritime Studies (GEIMS) which integrated several teaching aids to go even further to make learning easier for future seafarers. Now Anglo Eastern Maritime Training Center (AEMTC) seems to be moving ahead. It has become the first ship management company and also as the first ship owning company in India to conduct the Second Mates Function Course. The Center launched the course at Mumbai recently. Earlier only private and government run maritime training institutes have been conducting the course and the seafarers of Anglo Eastern had to go to other institutes to undertake the course.
Francis Akkara (Vice-Principal and Sr.General Manager, AEMTC, stated that “AEMTC has many “firsts” to its credit. He informed that some of the important courses it pioneered in India were the MAN BW Electronic Engine training which was for the first time not only in India but also in Asia. Then there was the Marflex Electrical Deep well pump systems - again another first in Asia; DNV SeaSkill certified Ship’s Electrical Officers course, including high voltage system, and few others.
Capt. Vinay Singh, Managing Director, Anglo Eastern Shipmanagement India said that Anglo Eastern has always felt the need to maintain the high quality of its seafaring staff, and hence its constant endeavor is to train its seafarers at all levels, from inception as a fresh cadet, right up to a master and chief engineer, further going on to superintendent and auditor training. Anglo Eastern Shipmanagement follows the building block principle to educate their officers and make the foundation strong by molding them into good quality officers, he informed. “This has resulted in Anglo-Eastern setting up a Cadet Pre-Sea training Academy and post sea training centers in Mumbai and Delhi,” he added. “It has one of the best faculties and uses various advanced training methods and state-of-the-art teaching aids.
In the absence of having their own in-house Second Mates Function Course the company had to rely on six or seven outside institutes where Anglo Eastern had their cadets trained. The result was that there was a marked difference from what one group learnt in one institute from that of the other.
“We subsequently had to put the entire batch through an induction program of our own,” stated Capt. K.N.Deboo, Director and Principal, AEMTC. Earlier too Anglo Eastern faced similar problem when they did not have their own courses and had to rely on other institutes. That is why when the company had developed the critical mass of candidates Anglo Eastern decided on starting their own training center in Mumbai and their own pre-sea training institute in Kharjat.
Having one’s own training institute helps to develop soft skill, work culture and safety culture, besides inculcating loyalty towards the organization.
The inauguration of the Second Mates Function Course was carried out at the company’s Mumbai premises by the Director General of Shipping, Gautam Chatterjee. Speaking on the occasion he advised the student, “Professionalism in your entire career must be the trump card. The professionalism will take you to heights and will bring up the Indian seafarers name in the International crew market.”