General Electric (GE) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) to develop the skills of shipping engineers in China.
GE will offer laboratory facilities and cooperation on research and innovation projects, while the company’s power conversion business will provide opportunities for internships and training for students of SMU.
The deal will also help GE strengthen its position in marine electrical propulsion technology.
GE’s power conversion business CEO Joe Mastrangelo said the company, along with SMU, will develop talented students and provide internships that will offer training and work experience.
"The program also will train teaching staff of the university and will include site visits and lectures at our other global facilities, including those located in the UK and France," Mastrangelo said.
The major focus of the GE training programme will be on the company’s core technologies and systems, which comprise complete power and propulsion systems, vessel control and automation systems, as well as dynamic positioning (DP).
Both GE and SMU will invest in establishing laboratory facilities for carrying out research and development programmes based on electrical propulsion systems.
"This agreement will help China develop and deliver competitive vessels that must meet exacting international sustainability standards," Mastrangelo said.
"Together with SMU, we will work on very advanced propulsion and control systems as well as provide education and training for top level operation, inspection and maintenance systems," Mastrangelo added.
Image: Shanghai Education Commission vice director Yuan Wen, Shanghai People’s Congress Standing Committee vice director Zheng Huiqiang, GE’s power conversion business CEO Joe Mastrangelo and China Shipping (Group) Company director & president Xu lirong at the signing of the MoU. Photo: General Electric.