NSB Supports Research for WMU Masters Students

Meeting with NSB, WMU staff, and Mr Acharya.

The German shipping company, Niederelbe Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG (NSB), has entered an educational partnership with the World Maritime University (WMU) and initiated a student competition to identify outstanding students to be offered close cooperation with, and an internship at NSB, in the process of writing their MSc dissertation.

Based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with NSB in December, a team at NSB worked intensively with a group of WMU students to identify the selected candidate who is Mr Ankit Acharya from India. Mr Acharya is enrolled in the Maritime Safety and Environmental Administration (MSEA) specialization in the Malmö MSc in Maritime Affairs programme and is writing his dissertation on the topic of Understanding the psychology and disposition of seafarers in the context of Attrition and Retention – A Case Study of NSB Group. 

Mutually beneficial relationships between WMU as the preeminent maritime academic institution and the maritime industry are indispensable. The origin of NSB GROUP is the German REEDEREI NSB, which was founded in 1982 and currently manages 50 ships at its Buxtehude site. Since 2015, the brand NSB GROUP has comprised the Asia Marine subsidiaries in Shanghai, Busan, Jakarta, Manila and Colombo as well as the subsidiaries NSB Marine Solutions, NSB Crewing Solutions, NSB Claim Solutions, NSBacademy and Continental Chartering. The group manages a fleet of 81 ships. The portfolio of the company group comprises, beside the classic ship management, the areas of newbuilding and conversion, technical services, in-house training academy, s & p brokerage & commercial management, insurance service as well as crew & corporate travel. The companies of NSB GROUP are located at eleven sites worldwide. In total, they employ more than 250 people onshore and about 1,500 seafarers from more than twelve nations.

Creating educational partnerships with the maritime industry is a key priority under the Academic Agenda WMU@50, a plan outlining strategic directions for the academic development of the University for the next 11 years until WMU celebrates its 50th anniversary. WMU gratefully acknowledges the valuable support provided by NSB to the University and its students. It is hoped that other industry partners are following this example and initiate similar collaboration.

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