Singapore and Norway sign MOU for maritime R&D

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Research Council of Norway (RCN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Monday, to renew the two countries' co-operation on maritime R&D, education and training.

The agreement, which lasts for three years, was inked by MPA chief executive, Mr Lam Yi Young, and RCN director-general, Mr Arvid Hallén.

The MOU first started in 2000 and has been renewed every three years since. 

Through it, the two countries have co-operated in areas of research such as maritime environment, sustainable energy technology, offshore and marine engineering.

"An increasing number of Norwegian maritime companies have established their presence with headquarters for operation and strategic coordination in Singapore in the last few years," said Mr Hallén

"Norwegian R&D institutes and universities see Singapore as a strong collaboration knowledge hub for the future development into the Asian market," he added.

One of the research programmes emerging from the bilateral tie-up is the collaboration between MPA and Det Norske Veritas' Clean Technology Centre (DNV CTC) on R&D and test-bedding in maritime environment and clean technologies.

This has seen DNV CTC embarking on Joint Industry Projects to study the potential of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in South East Asia as well as a feasibility assessment on LNG bunkering.

A Norwegian delegation is currently in town to attend the Singapore Maritime Week and the joint MPA-RCN workshop on Green Shipping, and Offshore Operation and Navigation.

adrianl@sph.com.sg

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