Indian port professionals who follow courses given in Mumbai by APEC, the port of Antwerp training centre, can now benefit from a purpose-built training facility. The new facility was officially opened recently during the annual Port of Antwerp Mission to India, in the presence of Belgian deputy prime minister Alexander De Croo, port alderman Marc Van Peel, APEC principal Kristof Waterschoot, JNPT chairman Shri Neeraj Bansal and Indian Port Association chairman Shri Sanjay Bhatia. After the inauguration the guests attended a first lesson in the new training centre.
Port professionals in India have been able to follow APEC courses since 2015 when the Antwerp training institute signed a five-year agreement with the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), the largest container port in India.
The JNPT–APEC Port Training & Consultancy Foundation is now the main base for Indian port professionals wishing to acquire know-how from Antwerp. Port alderman Marc Van Peel for his part declared: “The port of Antwerp is the market leader in India, with a total trade volume of nearly 6.4 million tonnes of freight carried annually between Antwerp and the Indian ports. The new APEC facility will help to intensify this collaboration by offering a training centre for port managers in collaboration with all ports in Mumbai.”
It is expected that some 400 people from India and surrounding countries will be trained as port managers by lecturers and instructors from Antwerp and India every year at the new centre. This the first time that the Antwerp institute has supported a training centre abroad.