A state-of-the-art Watsila engine has been delivered to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and will be used “to facilitate teaching in the School of Engineering.
Ports and Ships reports that the donation is part of a long-term sponsoring programme with NMMU and the South African International Maritime Institute. It says the official handover took place earlier at the African Mari-time Domain Conference in Port Elizabeth in November, but he actual delivery of the 11-ton engine has now been completed.
Ports and Ships says the engine will allow students “the opportunity to have hands-on experience of the latest developments in ship engine design and technology,” and is housed at NNMU because it “plays an integral role in providing the human capacity necessary for growing the continent’s Blue Economy by offering top maritime qualifications”.
At the earlier handing-over ceremony, Professor Dalenca Pottas of the School of Engineering said that the university’s business strategy in the next decade and beyond was “to develop our marine education and training, as well as our research and engagement programmes”.
In addition, Prof Pottas spelled out, part of the university’s business strategy was “to significantly upscale our strategic support for this crucial sector”.
Article published from Metro Minutes by Patrick Cull”.