Shell, UC sign 3-year training partnership

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Saturday, December 8, 2012


A MARITIME institute in Cebu is the first school in the country to receive technical expertise and training facilities from a global lubricants market share leader.

The University of Cebu (UC) Maritime School signed a memorandum of agreement this week with Shell Marine Products Singapore (SMP), accepting lubrication technology expertise and training to reinforce the skills of maritime cadets and lecturers.

As part of the agreement, SMP donated one Rapid Lubrication Analysis (RLA) set, plus a test kit, to UC. The total service package, which includes yearly refills, is worth around US$10,000 to US$20,000.

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A team of professionals and technical experts from SMP will deliver knowledge and training through modules, workshops and seminars.

An annual investment of about US$1.1 billion is dedicated by the Shell Group to research and development. It has manpower of more than 8,000 technical specialists, including marine lubricant scientists.

SMP General Manager Surinderdeep Singh explained in a press conference that Shell picked UC for its attention to innovation, learning and safety.

The UC and SMP partnership will start with a three-year contract.

“I see no reason why it won’t be renewed. As UC is the pioneer school in the Philippines for this project, we will focus on making sure this will be a success.

We from Shell are also learning from this exercise,” Singh pointed out.

He added that the return of investment will be earned from the value of the entire program, which is to develop a generation of Filipino cadets who understand the importance of lubrication in marine engines and its impact on maintenance.

In the same gathering, UC President Atty. Augusto W. Go shared that the partnership inspires him more to continue the legacy of training world-class maritime professionals. He is confident that Shell’s experience of over 100 years in the marine industry will equip the academe with up-to-date and comprehensive information.

“There are only 400,000 seafarers in the country, providing about 20 percent of all remittances. This partnership will add better seafarers not just in the Philippines but also globally,” Atty. Go said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 08, 2012.

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