Centre of Excellence in Maritime & Shipbuilding (CEMS) is a skill development initiative Undertaken by Ministry of Shipping along with Siemens Industry Software India Pvt Ltd & Indian Register of Shipping in line with Prime Minister's initiative of Skill India.

Centre of Excellence in Maritime & Shipbuilding (CEMS) is a skill development initiative undertaken by Ministry of Shipping along with Siemens Industry Software India Pvt Ltd & Indian Register of Shipping in line with Prime Minister's initiative of Skill India. The project aims to impart Industry 4.0 relevant training in latest software & hardware tools and technology used in the engineering industry.

A one stop comprehensive training center for imparting high end training in latest software & hardware technology aiming to transcend designing & manufacturing processes to Industrial 4.0 / Digital 4.0 levels, to enhance productivity and optimize production costs.

Strategically located at Mumbai & Vishakhapatnam, creating competencies with 18 state of the art labs, covering all possible aspects of manufacturing.


Launch of CEMS

Launch of CEMS

CEMS Launched by

Hon'ble Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari


Program Objectives

Qualitative improvements in Technical Education

Improvements in labs infrastructure by adopting latest open technologies in engineering design, manufacturing, analysis and management to serve the needs of targeted industries.

Skill up-gradation of faculty.

Update course curriculum to align with modern industrial practices.

Promote innovation, assist exploratory research projects to foster relevant industry innovation.

Promote Industry Academia partnership

Establish Industry partnerships to guide, support, and validate industry relevant learning activities.

Enhance Employability Aspects

Support technical institutions with modern equipment and state of art technologies and assist integration of technology into college curriculum.

Create Skilled Manpower Pool

Create skilled manpower pool to cater current and future industrial landscape of the region.

Facilitate the pursuit of career opportunities by ITI’s, Diploma Graduates, Under Graduates, Post Graduates, Research Scholars and working professionals.

Enable technology adoption by industry.



To promote advancement & implementation of maritime industrial skills in advanced digital manufacturing-factory concepts through research & education partnership wit the industry.


To become an International Nodal Centre in South Asia & South East Asia and attract students from neighbouring countries and serve as a knowledge base and thought leader for the targeted disciplines for related technologies and engineering skills in the Digital – Physical combination, for maximum throughput.


Industry Collaboration

i. Producer – Consumer Interactions: This relationship necessitates some collaboration as the producer (academia) has to ensure that the output satisfies the needs of the consumer (industry) to a large extent, and vice versa. Hence, one form of collaboration, which is more in the nature of a feedback loop, is for the industry to provide inputs back to the academic institutions regarding their perception or evaluation of their products (students).

ii. Collaboration in Continuing Education: One of the core competencies of academic institutions is teaching. Many institutes, who are engaged in education at high end, have the wherewithal to provide training for high-end manpower development in topics relevant to industry. Therefore, a natural collaboration is possible for the institutes to conduct training in various topics of interest for the industry.

iii. Collaboration in Research: In a world driven by Intellectual Property, there is an increased interest in research collaboration. Though academicians in most good institutes engage in Research, collaboration is only possible when industry has a need for the same. Though the goal of research is to create new knowledge, industry wants to utilize this to create products and generate revenue. Today academic institutions are conducting both basic and applied researches; the latter is of greater interest to industry.

Industry linked learning model: Industry skill development program aims at linking education system to Industry. The learning model connects the four spokes of individuals & institutions to industry and knowledge bodies.


Board of Directors

Mr. Arun Sharma


Executive Chairman, Indian Register of Shipping

Mr. Arun Sharma

Started his career as a Sea Going Engineer, moving to shore establishment of Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) in 1978. Was Deputy General Manager, heading the Gas Carrier and Chemical Carrier Department with SCI till 1992. Then served as Vice President – Commercial and Operations with Varun Shipping Company between 1993 and 1999. Appointed President of Great Eastern Shipping between 2000 and 2006. Thereafter took over as President and CEO, India Steamship, Kolkata in March 2006.

From 1st February, 2012, took over as “Chairman & Managing Director: of Indian Register of Shipping, and currently holds the position of ‘Executive Chairman’ since 1st July, 2016. Has been on the board of Indian National Ship-owners’ Association and on the Asia Committees of Lloyds Register of Shipping, American Bureau of Shipping and Det Norske Veritas. Is currently, Chairman of IACS and Chairman of CEMS.

Gautam Chatterjee, IAS (Retd.)


Gautam Chatterjee is a retired IAS officer of the Indian Administrative Service of the Maharashtra Cadre.

Gautam Chatterjee

Gautam Chatterjee is a retired officer of the Indian Administrative Service of the Maharashtra Cadre. A Gold Medalist in M.Sc. Mathematics from Patna University, Mr. Chatterjee also holds a post graduate diploma in Urban Planning and Housing from the Institute of Housing Studies, Rotterdams, The Netherlands.

In his illustrious career spanning over 33 years, Mr. Chatterjee has held several important assignments both in the Government of Maharashtra and Government of India, notable among them beingCollector of Ratnagiri,Additional Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Joint Director General of Foreign Trade in the Ministry of Commerce,CEO of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority, CEO of Slum Rehabilitation Authority, OSD of Dharavi Redevelopment Project, Principal Secretary of Maharashtra Housing Department, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Director General of Shipping in the Ministry of Shipping and Additional Chief Secretary, Transport and Ports Department of Government of Maharashtra.

After his superannuation, he served as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra before taking over as Chairperson of the Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA)

Mr. Bhushan Kumar


Joint Secretary, Sagarmala

Mr. Bhushan Kumar

Shri Bhushan Kumar serves as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and waterways, Government of India. He is responsible for Ministry’s flagship scheme ‘Sagarmala’ and public private partnership (PPP) projects in all major ports. Prior to this role, he was Vice President (Projects & Contracts) in GSPC LNG Limited.

He is a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. He holds Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from IIT, Delhi. He also holds professional certification in Marine Engineering. Additionally, he has attended professional programs on Project Management and Contracts Management in IIM Ahmedabad.

Shri Kumar has more than 22 years of maritime sector experience in various multidisciplinary functions like projects planning, project management, business development, contracts, engineering, operations and maintenance. He has also worked onboard merchant vessels as marine engineer. He has played key role in the development of several mega port-infrastructure projects.

He is Director on board of Sagarmala Development Company Limited, India Ports Global Limited, Haridaspur Paradip Railway Company Limited, Indian Port Rail & Ropeway Corporation Limited and Centre of Excellence in Maritime & Shipbuilding. He is also serving on the Boards of Paradip Port Trust and JNPT as trustee. He has been the trustee on the Boards of Vishakhapatnam Port Trust and Mumbai Port Trust.

Mr. Vinay Kshirsagar


Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Indian Register of Shipping & Director ISSPL

Mr. Vinay Kshirsagar

A science Graduate & Chartered Accountant, Advanced diploma in commercial data handling with more than 35 years of experience in finance and accounts. Currently working as CFO of Indian Register of Shipping since 2012 and holding directorship post in 3 associate companies of IRS. Previously worked as CFO in Shreyas Shipping & Logistics Ltd for 12 years, & as GM in Chowgule Steamships Ltd for 14 years.

Dr. Nanaji Niranjan Kumar Injeti


Indian Maritime University, Visakhapatnam. Professor & Former Head of the Department Chairman Board of Studies

Dr. Nanaji Niranjan Kumar Injeti

Dr Niranjan Kumar, has completed his Phd in Marine Engineering (Marine Turbo Machinery lab) from Andhra University in 2004, Mtech from IIT Kharagpur in 1987. He is currently working as Director at Indian Maritime University, Visakhapatnam. During his tenure as Director at IMU, he has led the the entire MCRC team of IMU to obtain the following Research & Commercial Projects to the University:

1. Design for procurement of High Speed Craft for A&N Administration.
2. Warship Museum for the Andhra Pradesh Government to be established at Kakinada.
3. Research on the performance variations due to the increased displacement on Indian Navy Vessels.
4. Establishment of Incubation Centre in IMU Visakhapatnam through MeiTY
5. Establishment of Ship in Campus in IMU Head Quarters.

Management Team

Cdr. Gopi Krishna Sivvam


Commander Gopi Krishna Sivvam , is currently Chief Operating Officer of CEMS, based at Vishakpatnam.

Cdr. Gopi Krishna Sivvam

Commander Gopi Krishna Sivvam has proudly served the Indian Navy for 22 years in responsible positions onboard Naval units . He has been involved in numerous projects for the Navy in the Technical & Operational Domain. Commander Gopi is also an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from Nagarjuna University and holds an MBA from Andhra University and Msc in Defence & Strategic Studies from prestigious University of Madras. Post completion of his tenure at the Indian Navy, he served as Vice President Operations for Cummins India Ltd. Responsible for a customer base of 10000 engines, spanning 10 districts across Andhra Pradesh. He also held responsible positions for RVR Projects Ltd, based at Vizag, for 5 years.

Currently he is the Chief Operating Officer for CEMS, responsible for overall operations, strategic planning, marketing of CEMS.