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APEC facilitating enhanced port & shipping knowledge

Mr Harsh Chheda, Director of Hirji Logicon Pvt. Ltd, last year had the distinction of being one of the first persons from the Indian private sector to be nominated for an APEC seminar.

Antwerp/Flanders Port Training Center (APEC) has been playing a key role in disseminating port and shipping related knowledge globally since 1978. It conducts 15 seminars a year in Antwerp, with options for tailormade seminars as well. In November 2012, Mr Chheda attended the 2-week seminar on break-bulk cargo in Antwerp, fully sponsored by the Flemish government.

"This 2-week programme was very insightful in understanding in great detail the various operations related to break-bulk and heavy lift cargo at the Port of Antwerp. The visits to individual terminals and discussions with terminal operators, stevedoring and logistics companies, along with complete understanding of the technical aspects of working with break-bulk cargo help add expertise and technical knowhow to our business," commented Mr Chheda.

According to Mr Paul Verkoyen, APEC CEO, "The goal of each of our seminars is to give professionals the opportunity to meet colleagues from all over the world and with vast experience in many different fields. We believe this makes our seminars very powerful and enriching. Therefore, our seminars are made for and by the participants.

"The network that is being created during and after the seminar is an added value of the APEC seminars. Participants, APEC and the Port of Antwerp stay in touch and continue exchanging best practice. Without doubt, the friendship between all of us will keep growing, because, even though we have diverse backgrounds, we all have one thing in common: we love the maritime world."

Hirji Logicon is one of the leading export cargo packaging companies in India, focusing on packaging and lashing of project and over-dimensional cargo.

Source : Exim News Service - MUMBAI, March 5

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