ClassNK has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to promote R&D and innovation in the maritime industry.
Over the next five years, ClassNK and MPA will join forces to foster maritime thought leadership on technology through conferences and workshops, and carry out joint R&D projects focused on enhancing ship safety and environmental sustainability in four main areas:
- Safe ships: fatigue-related research and evaluation of structural integrity for safe and reliable construction and operations of ships.
- Smart ships: data analytics to assist in real-time anomaly detection of machinery, real-time monitoring of emissions and condition-based monitoring of structures for ship and machinery operations.
- Environmentally friendly ships: applied research in emission control and alternative fuel engine technologies to achieve reductions in SOX, NOX and particulate matter.
- Marine renewable energy: research on developing a tropical marine energy test site and tidal energy generation, material biofouling studies, and energy storage systems for shore power supply.
The MoU was signed by Andrew Tan, MPA Chief Executive, and Yasushi Nakamura, ClassNK Representative Director, Executive Vice President.
Mr Tan said: “We are happy to partner with ClassNK on this important initiative to jointly develop innovative solutions and tools addressing ship safety, emission control, and marine renewable energy. 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.”
Mr Nakamura added: “Singapore is a world leading maritime nation with one of the world’s largest maritime clusters. ClassNK has collaborated with MPA before and through this MOU, we aim to further strengthen our relationship and work towards the shared goal of creating a smarter, safer, greener maritime industry.”
The signing ceremony also marked the opening of the new ClassNK Global Research and Innovation Center (GRIC). This is ClassNK’s first research centre outside of Japan. GRIC will carry out research with industry, academia, and government agencies in Singapore and from around the world on various projects, such as the development of an Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS) and a feasibility study for a marine renewable energy test site in Singapore.
Adapted from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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