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MPA-DNV GL MoU includes study on low and zero carbon ship fuels

31 Oct 2019

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and classification society DNV GL on Wednesday (30 October) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further maritime research & development (R&D) efforts at Singapore.

The MoU maps out a three-year R&D collaboration in the key areas of decarbonisation and digital transformation for sustainable and smart maritime ecosystems including:

  • New maritime business and operation models utilising additive manufacturing for ship spares and blockchain technologies for port and shipping processes;
  • Market and technical feasibility research of low and zero carbon ship fuels such as Bio-LNG, as well as battery and battery-hybrid for short-sea applications;
  • Autonomous and remote controlled ships as well as shore-based operation and control centres; and
  • Curate maritime-related thought leadership forums to foster closer collaboration and exchange of views between public and private sector.

“The operating environment ahead for the maritime industry will be defined by three trends – digitalisation, disruption and decarbonisation,” said Ms Quah Ley Hoon, MPA Chief Executive.

“The unprecedented pace of change we face today would affect maritime trade flows, transform business models and impact our collective commitment to sustainability. These demands present the global maritime community with opportunities to come together and cooperate on these issues.”

“Decarbonisation and digitalisation are two important trends shaping the maritime industry,” notes Remi Eriksen, Group President & CEO of DNV GL.

“This agreement highlights the emphasis that MPA Singapore and DNV GL place on technological innovation and by working together we will unlock the potential of low and zero carbon shipping, autonomy as wells as smart port ecosystems.”

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 31 October, 2019


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