Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy (ADMA), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) for the development of a range of training programmes, as well as the provision of consultancy services focused on the application of alternative fuels, efficiency enhancements and Artificial Intelligence (AI) within maritime operations.
Abu Dhabi Ports’ maritime education facility will work closely with CSM to devise, market and conduct courses and programmes for both students and trainers. In addition to conventional training, the collaboration aims to educate the next generation of seafarers and port operators on the benefits associated with AI.
Mark O’Neil, CEO of CSM, said: “We look forward to working with ADMA in developing AI and digital solutions in the important area of seafarers training. The UAE is one of the world’s best strategic locations for crew changes but is also a key centre for innovation in crew training.”
In addition to assisting ADMA with the development of a new curriculum, CSM will provide resources for the creation of eLearning and interactive courses and introduce innovative technologies such as AI and holographic telepresence. There are also plans for joint research projects dedicated to the development of innovative and ground-breaking maritime technologies for the future.