Ship technology collaboration

16 Feb 2015
Andrew Tan, MPA chief executive and Yasushi Nakamura, ClassNK representative director, executive vice president, sign the MoU

Andrew Tan, MPA chief executive and Yasushi Nakamura, ClassNK representative director, executive vice president, sign the MoU

ClassNK and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaboratively promote research and development and innovation in ship technology.

The MoU means that over the next five years, ClassNK and MPA will join forces to foster maritime thought leadership on technology through conferences and workshops focused on enhancing ship safety and environmental sustainability in four main areas.

These will include fatigue-related research and evaluation of structural integrity for safe and reliable construction and operations of ships, data analytics to assist in real-time anomaly detection of machinery and applied research in emission control and alternative fuel engine technologies.

Andrew Tan, chief executive, MPA, said: “The signing of this MOU is a reflection of the emphasis we place on innovation and R&D, and signifies a shared vision to make the industry safer, more efficient and greener.”

The recent MoU signing ceremony also marked the opening of the new ClassNK Global Research and Innovation Center (GRIC), ClassNK’s first research centre outside of Japan.

GRIC will carry out research with industry, academia, government agencies in Singapore and from around the world on various projects ship technology projects. These include the development of an Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS), a feasibility study for a marine renewable energy test site in Singapore and a pilot scale demonstration for zero-emission desulphurisation process for maritime applications (ZEDSMart).

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