KOCHI: Mastech, the International Maritime Conference, organised by the Department of Ship Technology (DoST), Cusat, the Middle East Alumni of Ship Technology (MAST), and the Society of Naval Architecture Students (SNAS) with the aim of enlightening students on the developments in maritime, offshore, and the oil and gas industry, began in Kochi on Thursday.
The meet was inaugurated by KMRL MD Elias George, and Cusat Vice- chancellor in-charge Paulose Jacob.
Elias George in his keynote address, emphasised on the importance of conducting international seminars like the Mastech for sharing knowledge on the developmental activities in Kerala. He outlined the plans to be implemented in the inter-modal transportation system, connecting the Metro Rail, road and waterways in Kochi.
He said that the hygiene culture at the Metro stations would spread to the other parts of the city, and influence people’s lives positively. He also welcomed the participation of the research community at Cusat in the implementation of the KMRL’s development programs.
Paulose Jacob stressed the need for the development of the waterways in Kerala as a major mode of transportation, and assured the participation of the Cusat in it. DoST HoD K Sivaprasad offered felicitation on the occasion.
MAST president Ashik Subahani, in his presidential address, discussed the activities of the MAST. MAST secretary Anwar Sadath welcomed the gathering, and Mohammed Shaheel proposed a vote of thanks.
During the technical session, Abdul Rahim of Class NK, Japan, presented a paper on ‘
Innovation for the Global Maritime Industry”. Rajesh Babu of Drydocks World Dubai presented a paper on ‘FPSO An Overview and Design Aspects’, and Ashik Subahani of Great Waters LLC, Dubai, presented ‘Traditional wooden Dhow Construction of Kerala’.