Classification society DNV and the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) have reached a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly focus on carbon-neutral initiatives for decarbonisation and digitalisation in the maritime industry.

The three-year collaboration also seeks to support a new workforce generation.

As part of the agreement, DNV Maritime Decarbonization and Autonomy Regional Centre of Excellence will collaborate with SIT’s Sustainable Maritime Engineering Strategic Translational Research Programme to lead initiatives in research and development (R&D), as well as education.

The partners will also work on expediting research on net-zero and autonomous ships, shore remote control and simulation centres, shore charging, and future fuel bunkering infrastructure.

The two entities will leverage simulation-based approaches to develop ship and system designs as well as join research projects in partnership with Singapore-based maritime sector institutes.

Furthermore, the agreement will allow SIT and other maritime entities in Singapore to use DNV’s Simulation Trust Centre to carry out educational and R&D projects.

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Through the alliance, DNV and SIT will share knowledge to develop postgraduate programmes for maritime decarbonisation and digitalisation.

In this regard, SIT’s applied learning methodology and DNV’s Simulation Trust Centre will offer courses on optimising ships, hydrodynamics, energy management system, emission control and system safety.

The MoU will also enable students to work on DNV capstone projects in innovative maritime technology or complete an integrated work-study programme with the classification society.

DNV Maritime South-East Asia, Pacific and India regional manager Cristina Saenz de Santa Maria said: “This MoU represents a new level of collaboration with SIT, and the beginning of a partnership focused on innovation, education and cooperation that will help accelerate the maritime industry’s sustainable transition goals.”

SIT Academic and Provost deputy president professor John Thong said: “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.

“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.”