In each ship there is one man who in the hour of emergency or peril at sea can turn to no other man. There is one who alone is ultimately responsible for the safe navigation, engineering performance, morale of his ship. He is the ‘Captain”. He is the ship”.
Cmde: R S Malia
The Great Eastern has always encouraged action oriented thinking in the advancement of the careers of their officers and crew. A well-trained and well-motivated floating work force can always be relied on to run a ship safely and hence at a lower cost. We have always borne in mind that training is a continuous process which has a
beginning but no end.
In order to cope with the growth of the Maritime Industry during the 70’s, the need for trained and well qualified officers was felt and hence, The Great Eastern Cadet Academy came into existence.
The ‘Cadet Academy’ was commissioned on 31st March 1975. It was located on board T.S. Jawahar of the Sea Cadet Corps (India). The Institution was staffed by harbingers of the Maritime industry as well as the Indian Navy. The Academy functioned continuously for 31yrs without any pitfalls.
However, the new D G S norms and linking of the Deck Cadet training to an IMU Diploma leading to a Degree combined with the dearth of officers caused by the need for continuous expansion of the fleet put the shift from T S Jawahar to a bigger better–equipped campus (at Lonavla) on the cards.
From paper to reality,the construction work started in May 2005 and the first phase of theInstitute came into being in January 2006 with the first batch of Trainee Navigating Officer Cadets starting their course on the 2nd of January 2006. Thus flagging off The Great Eastern Institute of Maritime Studies.
Where ever in this wide world their goes an Indian, there also goes a bit of India with them, and he may not forget this or ignore it. He has it in his power to some extent to bring credit or discredit to his country, honour or dishonour. Let him keep this in mind always and let him bare himself with dignity in good fortune and ill fortune alike."
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
Late Prime Minister