USMRC and ClassNK collaborate on LNG R&D
The United States Maritime Resource Center (USMRC) and ClassNK are joining forces to carry out joint R&D on LNG – the first time such a partnership will work together on specialised training and research in North America.
Initially, the companies will focus on the development of practical LNG bunkering simulation tools to further enhance USMRC’s existing portfolio of LNG bunkering training programmes. They say this type of training, with reliable stimulations, better prepares mariners and shore-based personnel to safely handle LNG as a marine fuel.
“Our goal is to support the safety of ships from not only from the technological point of view, but also the human factor perspective. The need for qualified seafarers who are familiar with the latest maritime technology is essential for the sustainable development of the shipping industry,” said Koichi Fujiwara, executive vice president, ClassNK.
Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the companies will also work on Dynamic Positioning and other critical training capabilities to meet the needs of the offshore energy sector. ClassNK has also agreed to support USMRC’s technical research and activities related to maritime cybersecurity.
USMRC is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that uses real-time, main-in-the-loop simulation to provide marine operations research and specialist training, and was the first to offer LNG bunkering safety training in the United States.
“USMRC not only has the specialised knowledge to address these issues, but also has rich experience in maritime training. I am sure that this collaboration will greatly contribute to the future maritime education and training in the world,” added Mr Fujiwara.
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