This week, key members of the Chinese maritime industry visited Modal to have a look round the facility and meet UK businesses.
Part of the “One Belt and One Road” programme that has been launched by the Chinese government, the delegates from Qingdao, Shandong province of China toured the complex and were able to have a go on the simulators.
The coastal region of China has grown rapidly over the last decade and trades a lot with the Humber region and Grimsby. It is the second-largest port in the country and the aim of the new initiative is to create the world’s largest platform for cooperation, coordination and collaboration.
Boxian Qiu, from the Qingdao Economic and Information Technology Bureau, was impressed with the facility and said: “I haven’t seen a facility like this in China, it’s something we definitely need. The real situations that it imitates is important and means that students can get practical experience.
“Being able to learn about dealing with real accidents and environment changes at a facility reduces the expenses in training and also lowers risk within the job.”
Simon Dwyer, business development at Modal, said: “The relationship between the Humber and Qingdao is built on trade and seafood. We have strong links together and last year 65,000 tons of seafood landed at Grimsby from Qingdao to be processed.”
Leo Donato, from RTC North, said: “The Chinese government is really pushing co-operation with the rest of the world, both culturally and economically. The Enterprise Europe Network is working hard to promote closer collaboration between the UK, the Humber in particular, and China.
“It made sense for us to come to Modal because it is a first-class centre we can show as part of our maritime technology day.”