Academic cooperation between Mordraga LLC (DEME Group) and the Makarov University (Saint-Petersburg)
Saint-Petersburg 11 June 2015 – Last Monday 8 June, Mordraga LLC, member of the DEME Group and located in St. Petersburg, Russia, signed an agreement on academic cooperation with one of the oldest universities of Russia - the Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping.
The University boasts a title of a major hub for preparation of crew members and surveyors in the North-West of Russia and owns a training centre with 44 state-of-the-art simulators for marine industry.
The long-term agreement tackles such areas of cooperation as promotion of advanced dredging technologies, cadet & student traineeships on sites and vessels of the DEME Group and staff visits to the University’s simulators in Russia as well as the company’s simulators in Belgium. It is planned that the first eight cadets will begin their traineeship on DEME vessels already in July 2015 on Sabetta project in the North of Russia.
Innovative dredging technologies and historical legacy of the DEME Group in Russia serve as a foundation for strengthening commercial standing of Mordraga LLC in Russian Federation.
The roots of the company’s presence go back to the beginning of XXth century, when it was involved in construction of the port in Tallinn, then a part of the Russian Empire. 100 years later, Mordraga LLC is experiencing a growing demand for highly-qualified Russian staff. Cooperation with Admiral Makarov University sets a solid platform for securing leading marine expertise at hand.
The Belgian dredging, hydraulic engineering and environmental group DEME has earned itself a prominent position on the world market in a few highly specialist and complex hydraulic disciplines. Having its core-business in dredging operations and land reclamation, the group diversified into hydraulic projects at sea, services to oil and gas companies, the installation of offshore wind farms, environmental activities such as soil remediation and sediment recycling, and revalidation of brownfields and wreck clearance. Its multi-disciplinary know-how and experience, project synergies and integrated business structure allowed DEME to grow into a global solutions provider. The Group owns one of the most modern, high-tech and versatile fleets for dredging and hydraulic engineering activities. DEME employs 4,600 people. In 2014, the Group realised a turnover of EUR 2.58 billion.