Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) and the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) inked a Letter of Intent (LOI) for joint efforts in maritime digitalization and decarbonization.
The LOI was signed by Mr. Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive of MPA and Mr. Nick Brown, Council Chairman of IACS, at the sidelines of the 33rd session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Assembly (A33) in London today.
Under the LOI, both parties will consider the development of technical standards and unified requirements to ensure that new maritime solutions are safely implemented. The LOI will focus on key areas such as smart and autonomous ships, digitalization and cybersecurity, marine electrification, and the use of zero- and low-carbon fuels onboard vessels.
As part of the collaboration, both parties will have regular information and knowledge exchange, including discussions on industry challenges and opportunities, standards, best practices, and emerging technologies.
Mr. Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive, MPA, said, “As we advance and accelerate the development of new technologies and solutions which benefit the global maritime community, it is important for harmonised standards to be adopted to ensure that these solutions can be implemented safely. We look forward to contributing and working closely with IACS to shape and develop standards that can help to ensure the safety of seafarers and protection of the marine environment”.
Mr. Nick Brown, IACS Chair, stated “This novel arrangement with the Singapore MPA will assist IACS’ efforts to keep safety at the forefront of the decarbonization agenda by facilitating access to the data and expertise of one of shipping’s key bunkering and global hub ports. By looking at the entire future fuel supply chain, IACS will be better able to address all the risk and mitigation measures that will need to be implemented onboard vessels and so ensure that safety considerations are front and center when evaluating the prioritization and deployment of the new fuels and technologies necessary to support the industry’s transition to a decarbonized future.”
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