Joint collaboration for green marine R&D

05 Mar 2014
DNV GL and the MPA have worked  jointly and separately on projects to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency in shipping

DNV GL and the MPA have worked jointly and separately on projects to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency in shipping

Research and development (R&D) in the marine industry has been thrust into the spotlight with the new collaboration between DNV GL and the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

The signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two parties took place at the recent DNV GL 150th anniversary celebrations.

“Singapore has emerged as one of the key centres for innovation in the shipping world, especially in terms of promoting technologies and systems which develop and promote green outcomes” said DNV GL’s Dr Henrik Madsen.

“We have built up a relationship with the MPA over the past several years, as we have both jointly and separately championed projects which have sought to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency in shipping, and this MoU will help us to further our relationship.”

The MoU will enable liquefied natural gas (LNG) research and technology, covering both risk assessment and safety and simulation study and training. It will also look at creating ‘Green Ports’, by examining the potential environmental gains to be made through the use of energy saving and emission reduction technology, in terms of both infrastructure, processes and equipment and vessels.

Further, it will look at marine environment and resources, projects which are designed to cut emissions and boost fuel efficiency, through retrofitting and improved operational maintenance. It will also enable the organisation leadership forums to promote these technologies.

DNV GL’s commitment to the MoU is further demonstrated by its new laboratory in Singapore which aims to deliver innovative and integrated solutions for the marine and offshore industries.

The laboratory, located at Gul Circle, will be able to undertake a broad range of services, from microstructure to mega structure and from laboratory testing to field services.

Some of the advanced performance test machines and facilities available in the new laboratory include a 2500KN dynamic testing machine capable of testing larger components and thicker materials used in offshore projects.

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