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About 8,000 to be employed in Primorsky ship-building industry

April 23, 2012, 11:46 UTC+3

Most of the workers will be employed at the Zvezda ship-building complex and the Vostok-Raffles offshore shipyard

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VLADIVOSATOK, April 23 (Itar-Tass) — About 8,000 jobs will be created in the Primorsky Territory's ship-building industry, with 30 percent of the jobs for engineers and technicians.

Most of the workers will be employed at the Zvezda ship-building complex and the Vostok-Raffles offshore shipyard, noted participants in the Monday meeting that discussed a strategy to train specialists for the industry in the region.

"There are no specialists in Primorye who could manage such-level production and work with latest equipment. At the first stage, we will have to invite specialists from other Russian regions and foreign engineers," the Far Eastern Ship-Building and Ship Repair Centre's director-general Igor Borbot said.

Another problem of the industry is aged personnel, he noted. The average age of workers is 47-58 years, and up to 50 percent of the personnel will retire in the next few years.

For new enterprises to be staffed, it is necessary to organize training at local higher learning institutions. The basic one will be Far Eastern Federal University.

German specialists from Wismar University will provide assistance.

German university professors are in Vladivostok now to determine the principles of cooperation with Far Eastern Federal University to train specialists for the industry.

"The Primorsky regional administration will render comprehensive assistance for such training programmes. We are interested in new jobs to be taken by Primorsky specialists," Acting First Vice-Governor Sergei Sidorov noted.

The Zvezda shipyard is planned to build gas-carrying vessels, tankers, drilling vessels and floating plants to produce liquefied gas. The Russian-Singaporean shipyard Vostok-Raffles will produce not only vessels, but also sea drilling rigs and other sea equipment.

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