A new maritime academy designed to accommodate up to 240 High School graduates has been set up by the Hong Kong-based Anglo Eastern Group in Mumbai and the first students are due to settle in by this August.
It is “a long-time dream come true,” said Peter Cremers, Anglo Eastern CEO.
Under the deal, Anglo Eastern acquired an existing school set on a 53 acre site, including hostel capacity for 240 students, in Karjat, about an hour’s drive from the city of Navi Mumbai (New Bombay).
Capt. Pradeep Chawla – Director of Quality Assurance and Training at Anglo Eastern, said:
“It has been a long wait to realise this strategic goal of being able to fully control the quality of teaching of our young recruits, right from the start.
“We aim to build on our existing reputation as a leader in the field of maritime training to become one of the top maritime colleges in the world. Together with our present training centre, situated in Mumbai City, we will have the largest and most well-equipped training establishment in India.”
The Anglo-Eastern Group has full technical management of close to 300 ships of all types and sizes, plus a further 70 vessels on crew management. It employs nearly 11,000 seafarers of various nationalities and operates a 17,000 sq ft training centre equipped with LNG, LPG, chemical, oil, engine and ship handling simulators as well as a complete engine room workshop.
Anglo-Eastern currently employs over 550 Cadets onboard its fleet and this initiative will further ensure its long term supply of quality crews in the years to come.
Peter Cremers stressed: “For us this is an investment that has been fully funded by Anglo-Eastern alone. We consider it to be critical to our business. It is a long term insurance for the growth of the company.
“We will now be able to add mandatory STCW training to our normal post-mandatory curriculum have our Anglo-Eastern safety culture embedded into our crews, right from day one.”