Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways Shri Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated Centre of Excellence in Maritime and Shipbuilding (CEMS) at a function in Visakhapatnam. The inauguration ceremony, held on 23rd February, was well attended by a wide spectrum of industry, academia and administration.

With the assistance of Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, CEMS supports Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s Gati Shakti initiative through skill development in four out of seven engines of growth identified, including ports, mass transport, waterways and logistics.

CEMS was developed as a special purpose vehicle – in association with the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Indian Register of Shipping with an aim to bridge the skill gap, up-skilling and re-skilling of the current workforce. A skill development initiative for enabling seamless transition towards Industry 4.0, CEMS offers courses with multi-industry applications in manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, oil & gas and heavy engineering.

The Visakhapatnam facility has 18 state-of-the-art labs, covering every aspect of manufacturing from design, simulation, analysis and production. CEMS also has a Mumbai campus located at the Head Office of Indian Register of Shipping which mainly caters to re-skilling.

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Since its establishment, CEMS has been offering a wide variety of industry-relevant skill development programs, to equip students with employable engineering and technical skills in the areas of Ship Hull Design, Ship Detailed Design, Shipbuilding & Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), robotics and advanced digital manufacturing-factory concepts.

’I am pleased to see this laudable initiative take shape under the Skill India program initiated by our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. CEMS will provide opportunities for the youth to enhance their skills thereby improving employability and be industry-ready.’ said Shri Sarbananda Sonowal speaking at the occasion.

‘We are pleased to have Honourable Minister inaugurate the CEMS facility which will undoubtedly provide an impetus to its growth. We will work closely with the students to enhance their employability and engage with industry to understand their skilling requirements.’ said Mr. Arun Sharma, Chairman, CEMS.

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