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Sembmarine inks partnership to deepen R&D in offshore

Sembcorp Marine and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) have agreed to deepen their R&D collaboration for the offshore marine and clean energy sectors.

The two Singapore-based companies signed a Master Research Collaboration Agreement (MRCA) to jointly pursue innovation in digital design and advanced manufacturing. The agreement will see the partners aim to shorten the development cycle and time-to-market of new offshore, marine and clean energy solutions achieved through their research efforts.

Sembmarine and A*Star will set up Joint Lab@TBY, a research laboratory and work space at Sembmarine Tuas Boulevard Yard that will facilitate the test-bedding and commercialisation of new digital design solutions, advanced manufacturing capabilities and other industry 4.0-related technologies in a real-world environment.

The collaboration seeks to explore development of offshore wind energy and risk mitigations in LNG storage and transportation, large format additive manufacturing technology, automated robotic welding for complex offshore structures, automated non-destructive testing, and smart factory floor monitoring and control.

“Given the rapid technological disruption and rising environmental consciousness in the global markets, we must continuously push the innovation envelope and deliver sustainable solutions that keep us relevant to our customers,” said Wong Weng Sun, president and ceo of Sembmarine.

Since 2013, Sembmarine, A*Star and various other stakeholders have been working together on research projects such as green shipping and workshop automation under individual agreements.

Recent projects between Sembmarine and A*Star included the development of 3D printing and industrial Internet of Things. The two companies have also embarked on projects in optimising engineering designs for gas hybrid tugs, gas containment systems and performance-based assessment for gas leaks and dispersion.

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