MOU with Singapore marks opening of new ClassNK research centre


ClassNK presentationClassification society ClassNK and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote research and development (R&D) and innovation in the maritime industry.

Over the next five years, ClassNK and MPA will join forces to foster maritime thought leadership on technology through conferences and workshops, and carry out joint R&D projects focused on enhancing ship safety and environmental sustainability in four main areas: Safe ships: Fatigue-related research and evaluation of structural integrity for safe and reliable construction and operations of ships; Smart ships: Data analytics to assist in real-time anomaly detection of machinery, real-time monitoring of emissions and condition-based monitoring of structures for ship and machinery operations; Environmentally-friendly ships: Applied research in emission control and alternative fuel engine technologies to achieve reductions in SOx, NOx, and particulate matter; Marine renewable energy: Research on developing a tropical marine energy test site and tidal energy generation, material biofouling studies, and energy storage systems for shore power supply.

The MOU was signed by Andrew Tan, MPA Chief Executive, and Yasushi Nakamura, ClassNK Representative Director, Executive Vice President (pictured).

“We are happy to partner with 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 Mr Tan.

“Singapore is a world leading maritime nation with one of the world’s largest maritime clusters. ClassNK has collaborated with MPA before and through this MOU, we aim to further strengthen our relationship and work towards the shared goal of creating a smarter, safer, greener maritime industry”, said Mr Nakamura.

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

The signing ceremony was then followed by the ClassNK Green & Smart Shipping Seminar where key industry players gathered to discuss the environmental challenges currently faced by the industry and solutions for smarter, greener shipping.