DNV and the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore opportunities to advance net-zero ambitions in Singapore’s maritime sector.
As part of the three-year partnership, DNV Maritime Decarbonisation & Autonomy Regional Centre of Excellence will lead multiple Research & Development (R&D) and educational initiatives in collaboration with SIT’s Sustainable Maritime Engineering Strategic Translational Research Programme.
Research collaborations between DNV and SIT will focus on advancing zero-emission and autonomous ships; shore remote control and simulation centres; shore charging and future fuel bunkering infrastructure.
Focus areas will include developing ship and system designs using simulation-based approaches; industry applied research projects with entities in the Singapore maritime ecosystem within the areas of decarbonisation and digitalisation; and a deeper and wider knowledge exchange between the signees.
“Singapore is a global maritime hub which supports the test-bedding of innovative solutions,” said Dr. Shahrin Osman, Director of DNV Maritime Decarbonisation & Autonomy Regional Centre of Excellence.
“It is paramount that we engage both Institutes of Higher Learning as well as industry stakeholders to ensure that R&D efforts and investments are supporting the maritime transformation, and we are proud to lead the change with SIT.”
The DNV Maritime Decarbonisation & Autonomy Regional Centre of Excellence in Singapore focuses on maritime digitalisation, decarbonisation and port capabilities to support South-East Asia’s transition to a smart and sustainable future.
Under the agreement, DNV intends to transfer knowledge in maritime decarbonisation and digitalisation to SIT to develop industry postgraduate programmes.
“Our collaboration with DNV offers valuable opportunities for SIT to intensify R&D that will help boost Singapore as a leading and sustainable maritime hub by leveraging new technologies and innovation,” added Prof. John Thong, Deputy President (Academic) & Provost, SIT.
“Additionally, the close academia-industry partnership will enhance authentic learning for our students and contribute towards capability building in the local maritime industry and across its ecosystem. SIT is delighted to partner with DNV in this endeavour.”