Total Lubmarine has increased its global commitment to the next generation of seafarers through a new partnership with the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), which belongs under the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council (VTC). Through our Maritime Academic Support Program (MASP), we will offer scholarships to the top three students of the Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering programme who undertake Marine Engineering Knowledge as an elective module.
The new collaboration comes after an exploratory visit to the Macau Power Station last year yielded positive feedback from the IVE students in attendance. Subsequently, Total Lubmarine’s Asia Pacific General Manager, Andrew Knox, and Technical Director, Mike Wong, delivered a seminar which introduced the company, explored the scholarship programme and examined some cases of port inspection.
Speaking on the partnership with IVE, Andrew Knox, Regional Zone Manager of Asia-Pacific at Total Lubmarine, commented:
“We are very pleased to be expanding the Total Lubmarine MASP initiative to Hong Kong in partnership with IVE. The initial feedback has been positive, and we look forward to supporting the next generation of seafarers as they work to achieve their career ambitions in what is an increasingly complex regulatory and operational maritime environment.”
Since 2004 Total Lubmarine has supported over 150 students though merit and need-based scholarships, sporting events and training seminars via MASP. In addition to IVE in Hong Kong, we hold partnerships with L’École Nationale Supérieure Maritime (ENSM) - France, Marine Engineering College in Dalian Maritime University - China, Merchant Marine College in Shanghai Maritime University - China and the National Kaohsiung Marine University – Taiwan, and also the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA).
Total Lubmarine staff regularly visit these partner institutions and deliver seminars and training on the latest marine lubrication issues, trends in two and four stroke engines, the outlook for the shipping markets and the implications of the latest environmental regulations.