Classification society DNV GL and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) have expanded and renewed a memorandum of understanding, which promotes research and development (R&D) and innovation in the maritime industry, to include the R&D of intelligent shipping systems.
The new MOU, which extends the collaboration for another three years, will deal with intelligent shipping systems given the growing need to create safer and more efficient solutions for the maritime industry.
The deal aims to promote maritime R&D in intelligent shipping systems such as autonomous vessels and drones for maritime purposes, or the use of data analytics to create robust and optimal shipping solutions. These systems will help to enhance safety and sustainability of shipping and port activities.
Other areas covered by the agreement include an examination of the potential environmental gains to be made through the use of energy saving and emission reduction technology in Green Ports, in terms of infrastructure, processes and harbourcraft, as well as projects which are designed to cut emissions and boost fuel efficiency, through improvements in operational maintenance, and also research into LNG as an alternative fuel.
The parties will also continue organizing maritime-related thought leadership forums to promote Green Shipping, Green Port and Green Technology within the Singapore maritime community.
The signing ceremony took place at the DNV GL Headquarters in Norway, during a visit by Singapore’s Senior Minister of State (SMS) Mrs Josephine Teo and was signed between MPA’s Chief Executive, Mr Andrew Tan and DNV GL’s Group President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Remi Eriksen. The ceremony was also witnessed by SMS Teo, together with Ms Dilek Ayhan, State Secretary of Norway.
“By re-signing the MOU, we will reinforce and strengthen the good cooperation with the forward looking maritime industry and research institutes in Singapore,” Remi Eriksen, DNV GL President and CEO, said.