29 September 2014

Gazprom Marketing & Trading-sponsored laboratory at the Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping officially opened

A newly refurbished Laboratory of Electric Machines co-sponsored by GM&T and one of its key partners — shipping company Dynagas Ltd. (Greece) was opened at the Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping (SUMIS) today.

The Laboratory will enable SUMIS cadets to learn different modes of vessel electric propulsion system operation (free wave, rough sea, ice conditions, acceleration, stopping, emergency). Additionally, cadets will be able to design models of power units of various types of vessels: tankers, ice-breakers, ice-class vessels and new generation research vessels.

The Laboratory equipment was designed and manufactured by a Russian company CJSC “Ship Electric Propulsion” in cooperation with international companies such as SIEMENS AG, VACON, Vaasa Engineering Oy and Ingeteam + Indar.

Nikolai Grigoriev, Managing Director of Shipping, GM&T said, “The opening of this laboratory is an essential milestone in the development of a training system for engineers who will operate highly automated vessels such as LNG tankers. It complements the comprehensive programme of GM&T to develop highly qualified Russian seafarers and to increase Russian content in our LNG fleet”.

GM&T has been supporting SUMIS since 2010 and implemented various projects and initiatives, including the onboard training of SUMIS cadets and employment of SUMIS graduates on LNG and other modern vessels of GM&T business partners — the world’s leading shipping companies Dynagas, SCF Group, Stena Bulk, Teekay and TMS Cardiff Gas. This year alone, more than 100 SUMIS cadets have had shipboard training and 27 SUMIS graduates received employment as navigation and engineering officers as part of this programme.



About Gazprom Marketing & Trading Ltd

Gazprom Marketing & Trading Limited (GM&T) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of OAO Gazprom (“Gazprom”), the world’s largest gas company by asset base, accounting for 18% of the world’s total natural gas reserves and for about 70% of natural gas reserves in Russia. GM&T was established in 1999 to manage Gazprom’s marketing and trading activities in the liberalised markets of Europe.
GM&T is headquartered in London, with offices in Singapore, USA, France, Germany, Switzerland and the UK and offers a unique suite of products from gas and electricity marketing, trading and supply, to LNG, LPG, oil, carbon and FX deals. The Shipping team provides safe, reliable and economical shipping and cargo management solutions. There is also a retail business trading as Gazprom Energy.
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