Darden College of Education at the Old Dominion University campus. Image courtesy of the Old Dominion University.
The port of Virginia and the Maritime and Supply Chain Management program at Old Dominion University (ODU) are collaborating with Navis to offer software training courses using the N4 terminal operating system.
The new course will incorporate Navis’ cutting-edge TOS, which is currently installed and operated at the port of Virginia, into the ODU’s curriculum, helping to build student’s data analytics skills and prepare them for future employment in the maritime industry.
The agreement between the three parties will allow the students at the faculty to use the port’s software to gain real-world experience and an understanding of the processes behind managing cargo — including removing containers from vessels, planning where to store cargo, and supporting automation.
The N4 system will be utilized in several courses at the university from the Fall 2018 semester onwards, augmenting the ODU’s comprehensive lessons on intermodal, port, and supply chain management.
ODU provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, Augustine Agho, said: “This is a great example of an industry/education partnership.
“Students get to learn first-hand from people in the maritime industry, which is something most business schools don’t have.”
General Manager for North America at Navis, Susan Gardner, also confirmed that students at the ODU would have the opportunity to intern at Navis and the port.
Gardner commented: “We see this partnership as a great opportunity to further our relationship with the Port of Virginia while introducing students at ODU to N4.
“If students choose to work at the port, they will already be familiar with the system and have the skills necessary to operate N4 to its fullest potential.”