Classification society RINA has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ABB, with the aim of jointly developing new concepts to reduce emissions in shipping for various vessel types.
The partnership will include the development of commercially viable systems, including fuel cell systems with carbon capture, and will have a focus on promoting the use of hydrogen and the introduction of new approaches to ship propulsion.
RINA’s role within the agreement will be to provide Approval in Principle of design concepts that match the technologies available from ABB and applicable rules and regulations, along with project and type approvals.
Further areas of focus will include Hazard Identification and Operability (HAZID/HAZOP) analyses, review of feasibility studies, cyber security certification, and support with ERP and digital systems.
As the technology provider, ABB will focus on the development of suitable technologies that can increase fuel efficiency in existing systems and create designs to share with owners and shipyards.
“We are happy to strengthen our collaboration with RINA to drive decarbonisation in shipping,” said Rune Braastad, Business Line Manager, Marine Systems, ABB Marine & Ports.
“ABB is known for its long-standing commitment and expertise in developing electric, automated and digital technologies to make the maritime industry more sustainable. Bringing new, commercially viable solutions to the market is a long process that requires close collaboration between class societies and technology providers.”