02 Dec 2014
IRCLASS ACADEMY AND NAROTTAM MORARJEE INSTITUTE OF SHIPPING JOIN HANDS TO DELIVER
MARITIME AWARENESS PROGRAMME (MAP) FOR THE OFFICIALS OF DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF SHIPPING
The Indian Register of Shipping (IRCLASS) was established in 1975 as India’s own ship Classification Society. Its entry into International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) in 2010 has led to global recognition of its services. Being a knowledge-based organisation, IRCLASS has recently established IRClass Academy for imparting specialist training to maritime sector.
Established in 1969, the Narottam Morarjee Institute of Shipping (NMIS) has been successfully imparting training to various stakeholders in shipping. The courses offered by NMIS have come to be recognised widely across the industry and are much sought after.
While NMIS has a strong background in commercial aspects of shipping, IRCLASS has built a large base of technicalknowledge. Both organisations have decided to join hands – with the objective of delivering customised training to various segments in maritime sector.
As a first step towards this objective, a two-day Maritime Awareness Programme (MAP) was developed and delivered for the officials of Directorate General of Shipping (DGS). Around 60 officials of DGS were given training on current issues in Shipping and Maritime Administration during the period 25-28 Nov 2014.
Mr. Gautam Chatterjee, Director General – Shipping, addressed the participants in the inaugural function. He highlighted role of continuous learning in meeting the rising expectations of stakeholders in the industry.
Mr. Umesh Grover, CEO, Indian National Shipowners’ Association (INSA) and Chairman of NMIS, who was also present at the inaugural function thanked DGS for entrusting the MAP training to NMIS and IRClass Academy. He expressed confidence that the training will definitely benefit the DGS officials.
Speaking at the valedictory function held on 28 Nov 2014, the Joint Director General of Shipping Mr. Deepak Shetty thanked IRClass academy and NMIS for their initiative. He further mentioned that greater emphasis will be placed on e-governance in the near future. He emphasised that DGS officials should act as facilitators rather thanregulators. He mentioned that the office of DGS has taken a conscious decision to impart structured training to itsofficials so as to empower them and enable them to deliver more efficient services.
Mr. C. Sriramamurthy, COO of IRCLASS, who was present in the valedictory function, stated that more courses are planned to cater to different segments in maritime sector, which will be developed and delivered through collaboration between NMIS and IRClass Academy.