The United States Maritime Resource Center and ClassNK, signed a memorandum of understanding laying out a framework for future technical cooperation to carry out joint research and development activities for the maritime industry.
This will mark the first time a major ship classification society has teamed with a prominent marine operations simulation center engaged in specialized training and research in North America.
“Our goal is to support the safety of ships not only from the technological point of view, but also the human factor perspective. The need for qualified seafarers who are familiar with the latest maritime technology is essential for the sustainable development of the shipping industry,” said ClassNK Executive Vice President Koichi Fujiwara.
The initial joint project will focus on the development of practical LNG bunkering simulation tools to further enhance USMRC’s existing niche portfolio of LNG bunkering training programs. This type of training, augmented with high fidelity simulations, better prepares mariners and shore-based personnel to safely handle LNG as a marine fuel. USMRC’s role will be to oversee the execution of the project.
The MOU also calls for USMRC and ClassNK to work together to offer Dynamic Positioning and other critical training capabilities to meet the needs of the offshore energy sector. ClassNK also has agreed to support USMRC’s technical research and other activities related to maritime cybersecurity – an emerging and significant risk to maritime safety.
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