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MPA, ClassNK collaborate on maritime technologies R&D

MPA, ClassNK collaborate on maritime technologies R&D
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Japan’s ClassNK have agreed to collaborate on maritime technologies R&D to enhance ship safety and environmental sustainability.

Last Friday, the port authority and classification society signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), which is the first to be established between the two organisations.

The MOU will broadly cover R&D in the areas of safe ships, smart ships, environmentally-friendly ships, and marine renewable energy.

“We are happy to partner 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,” said Andrew Tan, chief executive of MPA.

The signing ceremony also marked the opening of the new ClassNK Global Research and Innovation Centre (GRIC), ClassNK’s first research center 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, a feasibility study for marine renewable energy test sites in Singpore, and a pilot scale demonstration for Zero-Emission Desulphurization process for Maritime applications.