ABS-MPA collaborate to usher in safer ports


A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed by the American classification society (ABS) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

Over the next five years, the collaboration will aim to develop alternative fuels and resilient port systems.

The agreement will cover such areas as safe navigation in ports, LNG bunkering and traffic management; activities will focus around the Singapore University of Technology and Design, building upon the ABS-MPA Maritime Technology Professorship Programme.

ABS chairman and CEO Christopher Wiernicki said: “This MoU is a further sign of our commitment to work with all stakeholders in this growing hub of global trade to further R&D efforts that provide practical solutions to today's most pressing challenges.”

MPA chief executive Andrew Tan added: “MPA works closely with classification societies to undertake research activities in Singapore. This MOU with ABS will strengthen Maritime Singapore's R&D capabilities in the areas of green shipping, future port and maritime technologies. It also aims to promote Singapore's position as a global maritime knowledge hub.”

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