Global marine and offshore classification services provider ABS and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote maritime research and development in the areas of alternative/clean fuel and developing resilient, next-generation port systems.
The five-year MOU covers the following areas:
- Alternative/clean fuel research and technology, such as in liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering, covering both operational configuration studies and risk assessment and safety.
- R&D on resilient, next-generation port systems relating to the safety and security of new port facilities, and where processes, such as traffic management, safe navigation, security measures, situational awareness, decision making and consequence management measures, have to be continuously and effectively assessed and updated.
- Promote maritime technology to the Singapore maritime community through thought leadership fora, such as workshops and dialogues.
Earlier this month ABS entered into a joint development project with South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) to develop the industry’s first LNG-fueled drillship.