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Four organizations join to develop more efficient and eco-friendly ships

Four organizations join to develop more efficient and eco-friendly ships
When reduction in emission of harmful gases has become rather an urgent concern of international shipping, any efficient move that leads to an effective result must be welcome news to the shipping industry.

A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), Sembcorp Marine Ltd, University of Glasgow and University of Glasgow Singapore (UGS) will join hands to improve the design of large ocean-going vessels.

The four organisations have come together and signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate and develop new hull designs for large ocean-going vessels and make them more environmentally friendly. Under the three-year MoU, IHPC, Sembcorp Marine Ltd, University of Glasgow and UGS will use computational modelling and visualisation technologies to design vessels with improved hydrodynamics for better fuel efficiency. In addition, they will collaborate and innovate on features to reduce harmful exhaust emissions and discharges by enhancing the vessel’s scrubber and ballast treatment systems.

This collaboration that calls into play unique technologies and research expertise which will use multi-physics computation to construct modeling and simulation capabilities. It will also exploit the scientific expertise from IHPC, University of Glasgow and UGS, with Sembcorp Marine’s knowledge and wealth of experience in industrial maritime applications.

Sembcorp Marine and IHPC will focus on the reduction of emission of harmful gases particularly CO2 which will help the shipping industry meet the IMO’s new emission standards. Moreover, these organizations intend to expand the scope of the collaboration to arrive at more comprehensive solutions for ocean going vessels. They are also exploring the possibility of a joint laboratory to advance R & D in this area.

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore’s lead public sector agency that fosters world-class scientific research and talent to drive economic growth and transform Singapore into a vibrant knowledge-based and innovation driven economy.

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