Gazprom Marketing & Trading sponsors the Main Engine Laboratory
at the Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping

25 September 2015, St. Petersburg, Russia – A delegation from Gazprom Marketing & Trading (GM&T) headed by Frédéric Barnaud, Executive Director, Global LNG, Oil & Shipping, attended the opening ceremony of a new Main Engine Laboratory at the Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping (SUMIS) today.

The Laboratory has been established with the support of GM&T’s partner companies – Sovcomflot, Dynagas Ltd. (Greece) and Transas.

The new laboratory has been fitted with one of the world’s most advanced main engine simulators. It is capable of modelling all the operations in the engine room of a modern vessel powered by tri-fuel (fuel oil, diesel oil and LNG) diesel electric or slow speed diesel power plant in all operating modes (free water, waves, ice conditions, speed alteration and emergency).

The simulator will be used by the cadets of the SUMIS Marine Engineering Faculty and complements their theoretical studies and sea-going practice. This training will enable SUMIS graduates to work on the most sophisticated merchant vessels such as LNG tankers, product and chemical tankers and offshore support vessels.

Nikolai Grigoriev, Managing Director of Shipping, GM&T said, “We have been working closely with the University to support the development of world-class Russian shipping specialists as part of our comprehensive programme to increase Russian content in Gazprom’s fleet. We hope that this modern laboratory will contribute to the training of the University’s cadets and their development into highly qualified seafarers who will be in demand for our various projects.”

Since 2010, Gazprom Marketing & Trading, a subsidiary of PAO Gazprom, has helped with the creation of six sophisticated laboratories at the University (the Tanker Operations, High Voltage, Electric Motor and Main Engine laboratories and Welding and Turning/Lathe classes) and assisted in organising sea-going practice for more than 220 cadets and full time employment for more than 60 graduates of the University with the world’s leading tanker shipping companies.

About Gazprom Marketing & Trading Ltd

Gazprom Marketing & Trading Limited (GM&T) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PAO 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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