The agreement between the four organisations inked at TOC Americas is to pursue their mutual interest in strengthening professional technical maritime education in the region, which plays a significant role in maritime trade.
As part of its participation, Tideworks will donate its world-class terminal operating system (TOS) for use at the Training Center of the Americas (TCOTA) at MIT-Panama in Colón, Panama. This initiative will further solidify Panama and the Caribbean region as a logistics hub by bringing together world-class technologies, an immersive real-world environment through access to MIT and educational and training facilities.
The mutual accord will address several key objectives, including the development of a technical maritime training programme for UMIP and CMU students; the development of degree/diploma programmes and hands-on cargo planning workshops in conjunction with MIT; and the promotion of technical training scholarships in the maritime port area.
“As a strong partner in this region, we have an interest in continuing to innovate, develop and contribute to maritime education,” said Thomas (TJ) Rucker, president of Tideworks. “We are excited to provide access to our terminal operating solutions and TCOTA for the purpose of academic training in the area of port logistics, planning and execution of maritime terminal operations.”
The letter of cooperation and the ensuing agreement will provide a significant impetus for maritime education. “We are proud to be part of this effort,” said Carlos Urriola, president of SSA International representing MIT, “and very much look forward to working toward its success.”
A ceremonial letter signing took take place at TOC Americas, in Panama. Panama’s Minister of Maritime Affairs and head of the Panama Maritime Authority Jorge Barakat, and Juan Carlos Croston, president of Caribbean Shipping Association and vice president of marketing and corporate affairs for MIT were in attendance to witness the event.