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MaLTraC UMT hub for logistic data collection, backbone of country’s maritime sector development

Monday, 27/02/2023

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Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), a university focussing on marine science and aquatic resources, is constantly making efforts to help bridge the gap between Malaysia and developed countries, especially in the maritime sector.

As part of the efforts, the university renowned in the fields of maritime and oceanography has established a collaborative partnership with The Chartered Institute of Logistic and Transport Malaysia (CILT Malaysia) for the formation of the Malaysian Maritime Logistics and Transport Center (MaLTraC) at UMT.

The collaboration will enable MaLTraC to carry out data collection activities on the country’s logistics and research relating to logistics and transport.

According to UMT Vice Chancellor Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mazlan Abd Ghaffar, MaLTraC-CILT is a platform for implementing MaLTraC’s strategy of technological reinforcement and human capital development in the logistic ecosystem.

‘The presence of MaLTraC-CILT indirectly opens up the opportunity for UMT to highlight its expertise that can contribute to the maritime field through the National Freight Data Program and also offer services for the country’s logistic and transport industry through research, training, and discussions among academic and industry experts as well as professional bodies in a conducive and structured ecosystem.

He said the functions of the centre include consultation, teaching and learning (teaching port), and provision of world-class training centre and a marine platform using Automatic Identification System (AIS) to collect data of movement of trade vessels along the waters of the world including Malaysia.

“Functioning as a professional, certified training centre, MaLTRaC offers courses relating to development of high skills and development of human capital, with a focus on the maritime industry. This will be implemented in collaboration with the Department of Skills Development, Human Resources Development Corporation, and Department of Islamic Development Malaysia. The initiative is line with UMT’s niche and expertise.

According to Prof. Mazlan, MaLTRaC’s development and directions have become wider with participation of CILT Malaysia to include publications and international conferences as platforms for sharing academic and industry expertise.

“The collaboration between UMT and CILT Malaysia is needed to form a strategic and an innovative effort that will improve the transfer of knowledge regarding the industry and educational developments, which will bring the nation’s maritime in line with the Industrial Revolution 4 (IR4.0),” Prof. Mazlan said.