GE’s Power Conversion business and Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) have collaborated to finalise a new marine laboratory facility design, in a bid to boost the future shipping business in China.

Featuring a back-to-back design, the new laboratory will be equipped with GE’s medium-voltage (MV7000) and low-voltage (MV3000) systems in one lab design, including the transformer, drive, motor and other accessories.

The partnership between the two entities stems from an agreement announced in April 2013 to invest in improving capabilities of the shipping engineering community in the country.

GE and SMU will also work together to construct laboratory facilities and on research and innovation projects, as part of the agreement.

GE Power Conversion business CEO Joe Mastrangelo said: “Environmental demands in China are changing ship design and propulsion technology, and GE’s innovative solutions support the shift to high-value vessels that operate efficiently, while reducing emissions and meeting these stringent environmental regulations.”

“Environmental demands in China are changing ship design and propulsion technology.”

Shanghai Maritime University president Huang Youfang said: “Our goal is to become a world-class maritime university by the year 2020.”

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“To realise this goal, we need help from world-famous multinationals like GE. I firmly believe that Shanghai Maritime University and GE will realise a win-win partnership by joining hands to make use of their unique advantages and will cooperate on innovative and practical solutions.”

The agreement is also intended to provide SMU students with opportunities for internships and training programmes focused on GE’s core technologies and solutions that integrate power and propulsion systems, vessel control and automation systems.

Work on the new marine laboratory is scheduled to commence in early 2015, with commissioning to take place before 2016.