Germanischer Lloyd’s (GL) maritime engineering and consultancy subsidiary FutureShip has established its ECO Research Centre in Singapore, which aims to conduct research to strengthen its energy efficiency solutions for Asian clients.
The new ECO Research Centre will be supported by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) under its Maritime Cluster Fund (MCF), which was expanded to cover the establishment of research and development (R&D) and test centres in the country.
GL senior executive vice president Albrecht Grell said the new centre will be a good fit with the company’s long-term strategy to maintain a better position in maritime consulting services, in addition to providing the company an ideal operating environment.
"With a variety of initiatives to promote sustainable shipping and energy-efficient ship designs, Singapore is developing into a centre of excellence for maritime research and development," Grell said.
The new ECO Research Centre will operate as an arm of FutureShip Singapore (FSPL).
MPA chief executive officer Lam Yi Young said: "The setting up of R&D and test centres in Singapore will further strengthen our maritime R&D capabilities and position us as a centre of excellence for maritime technology."
The centre will carry out a number of R&D projects over the next five years and its first project will look into ship performance evaluation and management.
FutureShip Singapore managing director Khorshed Alam said since the FSPL office was registered in October 2012, the company has seen a growing client base as it continues to roll out solutions to improve the energy efficiency of ships.
"The centre will surely sharpen our capability of addressing our clients’ needs with tailored products, backed by a global network of over 100 high-calibre engineers and consultants," Alam said.
Image: Germanischer Lloyd’s new ECO Research Centre will be an arm of FutureShip Singapore (FSPL). Photo: Germanischer Lloyd.