The Port of Antwerp is to offer training for port professionals in India as of February, 2015, with courses given in a specially equipped training centre.
The series of lectures is being organised by the APEC, the international port training and education centre.
Courses cover subjects that include port management, infrastructure development and maintenance and safety.
The course material on offer to the Indian port sector is currently being analysed in detail so that the courses can be precisely tailored to individual requirements.
The Jawaharal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), the largest port in India, is to initially be the main customer for the APEC training programme.
JNPT has set itself the target of handling 10 million TEU by 2016.
Mr. N.N. Kumar, Chairman of JNPT, said: “To reach this objective we must invest in the skills and abilities of our port personnel.
“APEC is able to demonstrate relevant experience in training port professionals. Furthermore, Antwerp is an important trading partner of India. Thanks to this offer we will be able to further expand the collaboration between our two ports.”
The first series of lectures will be given on the week commencing February 23, 2015 to around 30 port professionals.
The lectures will initially be held in temporary facilities until the permanent premises are ready for the APEC Port Training Centre.
(Source: Safety 4 Sea)