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Maritime HR & Training

The progression of the marine sector toward digitization and decarbonization over the last several years has caused a gap between curriculum, syllabus, and course content vs industry expectations, which has had a detrimental influence on employability. On 17th of February 2022, IMRC (International Maritime Research Confluence) hosted a panel with Capt Belal Ahmed (Chairman of IMEC, & MD of Western Shipping based in Singapore), Capt Sankalp Shukla (Chairman of FOSMA), Capt Bhasin (Chairman MASSA, Secretary General CMMI, MD Crewing Service), and Capt (Dr) Ashutosh Apandkar (Principal of T. S. Rahman), discussing the aforementioned and more issues on Maritime HR and Training that the industry is facing at the moment. This paper covers some topical queries and issues that were discussed and a few solutions for them.

Outcomes of the Session - An overview


Institutes and the industry must focus on faculty development and making faculty prepared with the changing times to impart meaningful education.



Immersive technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality can be used for training. alongside solid management tools and LMSs are the need of the hour!


Shipping industry is in need of culture and attitude development amongst its seafarers and employees!


For the many surplus students that remain unplaced, alternate opportunities must be explored within the maritime and allied sectors

Development Prospects

The below development prospects are as a result of the IMRC 2022 symposium sessions and protected by the IMRC team. If you are a researcher who wishes to pursue any project as part of your graduate thesis, undergraduate thesis, PhD, or profession, you can apply with IMRC to do the same.


To apply, email us your name, email ID, institute name, background, purpose, contact number along with a one-page synopsis on your project of choice. IMRC will vet all applications. Selected candidates will commence the project with full support of IMRC, registered ISSN publications and IMRC's industry partners. 

Faculty Development and Certification

Faculty development is paramount for the development of the future generation of seafarers. We at IMRC would be developing a comprehensive faculty development program along with certification on coaching proficiency at various levels. Email us to register your interest at

Internship and Graduate Programs for unplaced cadets

The lack of competency of graduates in the industry and absence of practical knowledge during their beginning years provides a gap in skill and aptitude of future senior officers. There is urgency for an upskill program for such graduates to match the competitive environment of the industry in today's world. We will soon be releasing project details and partnership opportunities. Email us to register your interest at

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Meet the Contributors

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Capt Belal Ahmed

Chairman, IMEC 

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Mr Sankalp Shukla

Chairman, FOSMA

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Capt MP Bhasin

Chairman, MASSA


Dr A. Apandkar

Principal, T.S. Rahman

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Capt Pradeep Chawla

Chairman, GlobalMet

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Dr Suresh Bhardwaj

Resident Director & Principal, MASSA Maritime Academy, Chennai

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Dr Rajoo Balaji

Director, IMU Chennai

The Library

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Exploring the Current Practices and Future Needs of Marine Engineering Education in Bangladesh

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Exploring technical and non-technical competencies of navigators for autonomous shipping

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Scenario planning for an autonomous future: A comparative analysis of national preparedness of selected countries

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Contradictions in the practices of training for and assessment of competency: A case study from the maritime domain

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A Delphi-AHP study on STCW leadership competence in the age of autonomous maritime operations

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Development of maritime education and training  methods with technological innovation : Japan as a case study focusing on 

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Linking Competitive Strategies with Human Resource Management Practices

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Application of VR technologies in building future maritime specialists’ professional competences

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Catching up with time? Examining the STCW competence framework for autonomous shipping

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Assessing Ship Risk Model Applicability to Marine Autonomous Surface Ships

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Human Resource Training and Development

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Building World-Class Universities : Some Insights Predictions

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Marine Autonomous Surface Ship - A Great Challenge to Maritime Education and Training

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The human element in future Maritime Operations – perceived impact of autonomous shipping

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Assessment of national policies on capacity building: a case study of Nigerian seafarers development  programme 

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Stability of Employment in the American Merchant Marine

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Scenario planning for an autonomous future: a comparative analysis of national preparedness relating to maritime policy / legislative frameworks, societal readiness and HR development for autonomous vessel operations

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Identifying seafarer training needs for operating future autonomous ships: a systematic literature review

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Rethinking Maritime Education, Training, and Operations in the Digital Era: Applications for Emerging Immersive Technologies

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