The United States Maritime Resource Center (USMRC) and ClassNK have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) laying out a framework for future joint research and development activities for the maritime industry.
This will mark the first time a major ship classification society has teamed with a prominent marine operations simulation centre engaged in specialised training and research in North America.
“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 ClassNK Executive Vice President Koichi Fujiwara. “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.”
USMRC President, Brian Holden, added: “We are truly honoured and enthusiastic about working alongside such an innovative and highly respected ship classification society. ClassNK shares our goal of engaging in activities that focus on the safety of mariners; ships and their cargoes; and protection of the marine environment.”
LNG bunkering tools
The initial joint project will focus on the development of practical LNG bunkering simulation tools to further enhance USMRC's portfolio of LNG bunkering training programmes. This type of training better prepares mariners and shore-based personnel to safely handle LNG as a marine fuel.
Holden continued: “We were the first to offer LNG bunkering safety training in the United States. The signing of this MOU will allow us to take another leap forward in this area by developing practical, hands-on LNG bunkering simulation tools to make this training even better.”
USMRC will oversee the execution of the project. The MOU also calls for USMRC and ClassNK to work together to offer Dynamic Positioning and other critical training capabilities to meet the needs of the offshore energy sector. ClassNK also has agreed to support USMRC's technical research and other activities related to maritime cybersecurity.
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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