Marorka and SMDERI opened the Energy Management Training Centre in Shanghai.
Icelandic marine energy management and fleet performance company Marorka Tuesday announced that, along with the Shanghai Marine Diesel Engine Research Institute (SMDERI), it has opened the Energy Management Training Centre in Shanghai, aimed at supporting the energy efficiency of China's shipping industry.
The new centre comes as a result of an agreement that Marorka and SMDERI signed in May, intended to see the two organisations cooperate on the promotion of maritime energy management in order to enhance the "green competitiveness" of Chinese shipping and improve sustainable business development.
"It is important to raise the awareness of crew on board and operators on shore so that we can align energy management measures and reap the full benefits from advanced on-board tools," Hou Li Ping, Deputy Managing Director of COSCO Shipping Lines, said of the centre's opening.
The ability to train crews in mainland China is an enormous step towards significant environmental rewards
The centre was officially opened with a ceremony on December 2, which was attended by a number of dignitaries including Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, Iceland's former president, Ragnar Baldursson, Iceland's Ambassador in China, and representatives from a number of shipping companies.
"The ability to train crews in mainland China is an enormous step towards significant environmental rewards and sizable financial gains for the Chinese shipping industry," said Marorka.
"Marorka is proud to be cooperating with SMDERI and looks forward to expanding its commercial footprint in China."
Marorka has previously said that its cooperation agreement with SMDERI will result in "significant" environmental benefits, as well as considerable financial benefits for the Chinese shipping industry.