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Young mariners need more training, says shipping secretary

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The shipping secretary, Syed Manjurul Islam, inaugurates a modern machinery operations simulator at the United Maritime Academy in Dhaka on Saturday.  — New Age photoThe shipping secretary, Syed Manjurul Islam, inaugurates a modern machinery operations simulator at the United Maritime Academy in Dhaka on Saturday. — New Age photo

The secretary to the ministry of shiping, Syed Monjurul Islam, on Saturday said to compete in the global arena of seafaring the young mariners of the country need more training and practical knowledge.
Indicating the seafaring as a ‘global popular career’, he also said that to groom young people taking up the challenging jobs at sea the government is going to set up a public marine academy in Barisal very soon as the land acquisition process for the academy has been completed.
He said this at a function on the inauguration of a modern machinery operations simulator   at the United Maritime Academy where he was the chief guest.
According to him, people of many developed countries do not want to do the seafaring job; as a result, the ‘passionate job’ has become so popular among the people of the developing countries, including the Philippines, India and Vietnam.
‘To compete with the Indians, Philipinos and others proper training and technological advancements of the young mariners is a must,’ he said.
He also congratulated the UMA for introducing such technological tool that would help the students to be a well-trained.
Meanwhile, the director general of shipping, Commodore M Zakiur Rahman Bhuiyan, said this simulator will help the students enrich their working capabilities at the working ground at sea.
He also advised the UMA to use that practically for the betterment of the students.
‘I hope the UMA would use that practically to increase the technical potentiality of the students instead of using it as a showpiece,’ he said.
He also said that in Bangladesh 60 percent accidents had occurred for the lack of proper training.
The simulator was procured from UNITEST, a Poland-based company that produces maritime training software and engine room simulators. It consists of the modules and facilities including Virtual Engine Room Consol, Virtual Engine Room Electrical Consol, Steam, Turbo Diesel, Gas Turbine Engine Control System etc, according to the data provided at the programme.
At the programme, UNITEST managing director Dr Leonard Tomczak, United Group chairman Mahmood Raja and UMA commandant Rear Admiral Bazlur Rahman also spoke.




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