India establishes centre of maritime excellence


A new Center of Excellence in Maritime and Ship Building (CEMS) is being set up by India’s Ministry of Shipping in collaboration with Siemens and the Indian Register of Shipping (IRS). CEMS will have campuses at Vishakhapatnam and Mumbai, and will provide industry-relevant skill development, equipping students with employable engineering and technical capabilities.

CEMS is being set up to meet the domestic need for skills in various port and maritime sectors, including ship design, manufacturing and operating as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul work. It aims to become a leading regional training centre in South Asia, attracting students from neighbouring countries including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Siemens is contributing technology, expertise and 87% funding for the centre, the first time the company has made such a grant in India. The land and building for the Vishakhapatnam campus has been provided by Indian Maritime University (IMU) and that for the Mumbai campus by IRS.

CEMS will be run by Siemens for two years and thereafter by a not-for-profit company promoted by IRS. It will be able to accommodate over 10,500 students a year.