Hong Kong's OOCL opens maritime academy in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province

2012 03 14

HONG KONG's Orient Overseas Container Line has opened its OOCL Maritime Academy and the International Seaman Training Centre in Zhoushan in Zhejiang province to promote maritime education and to support the role that Chinese seafarers play in the world's maritime transportation and logistics industry.

Jointly established by OOCL and the Zhejiang International Maritime College, both the Academy and Training Centre, located at the college in Zhoushan, aims to greatly contribute to the development of maritime technology, safety, security, and environmental protection as well as open up professional career opportunities for Chinese seafarers to serve in international merchant fleets, the company said.

The training facility uses equipment and installations that simulate situations on board a real container vessel. This helps students to better understand and acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to prepare them for the challenging work on board a vessel.

OOCL chief operations officer Andy Tung and Zhejiang International Maritime College president Wang Jie welcomed guests at the opening ceremony, including Han Jie, deputy commissioner of the Department of Commerce of Zhejiang province and Zhu Shi Qiang, vice mayor of Zhoushan.

Said Mr Tung: "The relations of OOCL with Zhoushan and the Zhejiang International Maritime College can be traced back to 1998, when OOCL first helped set up what was then called the Zhoushan Maritime Simulator Centre at the campus, providing professional training for OOCL seafarers as well as for shipping companies from Beijing, Norway and Taiwan.

"We hope that with the establishment of the Academy and the Training Centre, more Chinese maritime professionals will be better equipped to contribute to the industry; as well as to help in the rapid development of the Zhoushan Archipelago New Area, as designated by the China State Council last June, to develop into a leading oceanic economic development area," he added.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

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