Mumbai, Oct 30 (UNI) The pre-sea campus of Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies (SIMS), developed by Executive Ship Management, will be inaugurated by British Shipping Group's vice-president and CEO David Baldry at Lonavala on November 1.
The institute, spread over a sprawling 65 acres of land near Lonavala in Pune district, offers a graduate degree in Marine Engineering and diploma in Nautical Sciences on its premises.
Built at a cost of 20 million US Dollars, it is the only institute in the world with a ship in campus. The institute houses a replica of a ship, which is powered by a Mitsui B&W 2100 kw engine that delivers power at 200 rpm, and has all the technology installed in the ship.
Sikha Singh, one of the trustees of SIMS, said ''The ship in campus will help the cadets and the engineers of our institute to gain first hand knowledge of the working of a ship.'' Ms Singh added ''The campus is an environment-friendly one with a generation of over 90 KW of solar energy.'' SIMS is a part of a visionary goal of ESM to develop a world class maritime training facility for its in-house officers and crews.
SIMS, Mumbai, started its operations at Chembur in 2002, and now has an full-fledged training institute.
Manmohan Singh, director of SIMS, said ''The institute's main concern in every field is 'safety first' and we never compromise on safety norms.'' The institute was started with basic requirements in 2005 and so far 108 diploma holders in Nautical Sciences and 80 graduate Marine Engineers have passed out in its two years of operations. It has an in-built hostel for the cadets and has a capacity to teach 400 cadets and engineers at a time.
SIMS is also diversifying in the field of research and development wing of the institute and it is also in the process of generating energy with the help of sea waves in association with an IIT engineer in the coming months.