Global classification services provider ABS has reached a strategic cooperation agreement with the Marine Design & Research Institute of China (MARIC) to focus on operational efficiency and environmental performance in both the offshore and marine sectors.
According to the agreement, ABS and MARIC will extend their technical support and will assist mutually in the fields of classification, certification, training and statutory guidance for merchant vessels and offshore units.
ABS will assess compliance with ABS rules, guides and statutory regulations.
ABS senior vice-president and chief technology officer Howard Fireman said: "This agreement aligns the core competencies of ABS and MARIC and allows us to work together on designs that meet environmental regulations and technology trends.
"Leveraging technologies such as computational fluid dynamics (CFD), techno economic evaluation, and performance data analysis, we will be able to help industry effect improvements in energy efficiency and environmental compliance."
This agreement is expected to promote opportunities to create joint development ventures in areas such as energy efficiency, environmental performance, and techno economic evaluation, architecture to withstand rough weather, unique design concepts and technology performance assessment.
MARIC president Wenhua Xing said: "We value this cooperation agreement with ABS as a great opportunity to pursue state-of-the-art, energy efficient, environmentally friendly and intellectual technologies together to our mutual benefit."
In July 2014, ABS signed an agreement with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to promote maritime research and development (R&D) in the areas of alternative / clean fuel and developing resilient, next-generation port systems over the next five years.