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MSTI represents more than $8m

MSTI represents more than $8m
Lloyd's Register Asia yesterday opened its first dedicated marine surveyor training centre in Shanghai.

Lloyd's Register Asia yesterday opened its first dedicated marine surveyor training centre in Shanghai.

Lloyd's Register Asia yesterday opened its first dedicated marine surveyor training centre in Shanghai, assuring that the Group's global marine team will continue to deliver the high technical standards demanded by the modern maritime industry. The Maritime Surveyor Training Institute (MSTI) represents more than an US$8 million (£5.6 million) investment for the organisation in the first five years of operations, during which time 200 newly trained surveyors are expected to graduate from the program.

"Quality staff training provides the most significant contribution to the continued development of our core product -- the provision of independent technical assurance to the maritime industry," said Roy Ellams, Lloyd's Register Asia's Marine Training Manager - North Asia. "It ensures that we always will have the right skills to support the provision of maritime transport services that are safe for both mariners and the environment."

Ellams says the MSTI represents a new approach to the development of technical competency for the industry, offered at a time when commercial pressures are driving the need for innovation. With the recession shrinking access to new capital for companies in the maritime industry, he says new solutions are required for old problems.

"Innovation doesn't just happen, it has to be stimulated and encouraged," Ellams says. "The development of technical competencies is a key ingredient in that mix. It at once fulfils our responsibility to our staff, our clients and the greater public."

A key element in that new approach is the appointment of experienced "surveyor-mentors" who will guide the trainees through the one-year program. Each program will feature 20 trainees and two programs will be held each year.

The MSTI's integrated program consists of seven phases, including:

? a general introduction to Lloyd's Register's vision and values, the role of the surveyor and occupational health and safety

? materials and non-destructive testing, focusing on the application of materials rules

? induction into survey: an overview of convention and rule requirements, the classification process from plan approval to ships in operation

? introduction to classification: a closely mentored, on-the-job familiarisation with the application of the classification process

? classroom training in new construction, periodical and statutory surveys (strong emphasis is placed on accessing information for the survey process)

? focused field training led by dedicated mentors (this targets delegate specialisation)

? classroom training: consolidating learning from focused field training (emphasis on project-management and managing client relationships).

China was chosen as the location for the Group's first dedicated training centre due to that market's continual demand for knowledge development, says Ellams.

"This program will put into the field skilled technicians who are able to deliver the most up-to-date and reliable classification services to reduce the industry's risks," he says. "It also will help to ensure that our staff continue to offer sound advice on the latest technical or regulatory issues that our clients may face."


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