The newly registered Kerala Maritime Society would set up maritime institutes at Neendakara, near Kollam, and Meencha, near Kasaragod, Minister for Ports M. Vijayakumar said on Friday.

Addressing a press conference here, the Minister said the society planed to turn Kerala into a maritime knowledge hub by setting up training facilities at various places in the State. The government proposed to create many job opportunities for the youth and increase the presence of Keralites in the international naval work pool. Availability of trained boat masters and engine drivers would benefit the fisheries and tourism sectors.

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Mr. Vijayakumar said the institute would offer training to workers of all boats in the State in view of increasing number of boat accidents. Training would also be imparted to those manning boats of coastal security police.

He said Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan would inaugurate the institute at Neendakara on May 3 and the training for first batch of 30 persons would start immediately. The institute at Meencha would start functioning on May 27. The government had allocated 10 acres for the institute at Neendakara. Same extent of land would be made available at Meencha also.

The Minister said the institutes would offer courses in nautical science (diploma), mechanical engineering (graduate programme), personal safety and social responsibility, personal survival technique, elementary first aid, oil tanker familiarisation and fire prevention and fire fighting, besides boat master and boat driver certificate courses. The diploma course and graduate programme required recognition of the Director General of Shipping, and correspondence were under way to obtain the recognition.

Keywords: Marine training