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ABS and SDARI sign development agreement to develop new container feeder

ABS and Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) have signed an agreement to develop a new generation of container feeder vessels.

ABS senior vice president and chief technology officer Howard Fireman and SDARI president Jintao Hu, signed the agreement on 3 December in Shanghai.

“Changing environmental regulations, unpredictable energy prices and volatile freight rates have made it imperative for ship designers to continuously improve the operational and environmental performance of their next generation designs." Fireman said. "ABS is working with industry as designs change and new concepts are introduced."

The objective of the project is to develop the next-generation feeder design with a focus on operational efficiency and flexibility.

“At this crucial moment when China is transforming from shipbuilding nation to a shipbuilding power, the collaboration that we have strengthened with ABS in container carriers positions us to generate new concepts based on market demand and to launch cutting-edge products," said Hu.

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