Chennai: The Centre would set up a Marine Training Academy at Tuticorin through Shipping Corporation of India in collaboration with the V O Chidambaram Port Trust, Shipping Minister G K Vasan said here.
"The Shipping Ministry has already allocated Rs 15 crore towards developing infrastructure for the Academy. It would commence this academic year in September or October with the first batch of 40 students," Vasan told reporters here.
SCI, with its experience of running the premier Maritime Training Institute at Powai in Mumbai, would provide its expertise in the selection of faculty, academic staff, instructors and setting up infrastructure for the academy, he said.
Talking at a function here, he said the draft report for the detailed project report for Outer Harbour Project for V O Chidambaram port in Tuticorin was being prepared.
The first phase has been allocated Rs 5,421 crore for creating infrastructure to contain cargo to the tune of 43 million tonnes, he said, adding work was to be taken up in 2015 and would be completed in 2021.