ABS and Seatrium to collaborate on tech development

Classification society ABS has signed a new three-year Technology Collaboration Agreement (TCA) with Singapore-based Seatrium, the company formed from the merger of Sembcorp Marine and Keppel Offshore & Marine in 2023.

Entitled ‘Accelerating Decarbonisation and Energy Transition’, the agreement will provide a foundation for further collaboration between the two partners on a succession of projects under four broad themes: decarbonisation, electrification, new energies and digital transformation.

The deal also aims to support the commercialisation of a range of technological systems, green retrofit products and services such as carbon capture, electrification and energy efficiency measures.

“Together, ABS and Seatrium have a remarkable history of pioneering the technological frontiers in the marine and offshore industries,” said Christopher Wiernicki, ABS Chairman and CEO.

“Our shared vision for the future, combined with our twin cultures of innovation and collaboration mean we are well placed to safely deliver the rapid technological advance our industry needs if we are to meet emissions targets and capitalise on the opportunities offered by decarbonisation and digitalisation.”

The TCA is the latest step in an ongoing collaboration between ABS and Seatrium, which has already seen the class society recognise Seatrium as the first shipyard group to deploy smart technologies in its operations, in compliance with the ABS Guide for Smart Technologies for Shipyards.

“Seatrium is making significant strides in our visionary approach to engineering a sustainable, low-carbon energy future. This progress is achievable through pivotal industry collaborations with organisations like ABS,” said Chris Ong, CEO of Seatrium.

“We are more than just partners; we are natural allies united by a shared mission and driven by a powerful vision for a sustainable future. ABS and Seatrium have achieved great successes through our previous collaborations, and we are committed to harnessing our distinct strengths and capabilities to push the boundaries and transform the way we approach decarbonisation, energy transition, and digital transformation.”

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