US-based classification society ABS has established a new research and certification centre in Singapore to help maritime transition to a sustainable, lower emissions industry.
“Decarbonising shipping is a challenge that will compel the industry to reach new technology frontiers. At the same time, it is an opportunity to transition to a more sustainable world economy enabled by efficient, low-carbon transportation,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki. “To facilitate the journey toward decarbonisation targets, ABS established its Global Sustainability Center to coordinate initiatives that advance innovation and technology development focused on safety, practicality and the commercial viability of proposed solutions.”
The centre is led by Gurinder Singh, ABS Director of Global Sustainability, and includes a team of professionals with diverse backgrounds and expertise, supported by the
worldwide ABS organisation.
“Today’s world is quickly changing, and the shipping industry is navigating a complex regulatory landscape and rapid technology changes.The IMO greenhouse gas reduction targets will present an unprecedented challenge to the industry—as the targets cannot be achieved with today’s technology. The centre has a vital role to play in helping the industry manage the transition safely,” said Singh. “Singapore is an ideal location for the Center as we build upon our strong collaboration with leading universities and sustainability centres of excellence here. The Center is a home for innovation and creativity that brings together industry and academia working hand-in-hand toward a sustainable future.”
The centre plans also include leading an industry education program, seminars and lectures, designed to raise awareness of maritime sustainability technologies and carbon reduction strategies.