Sailing Towards Greener Seas

Nanyang Technological University has launched a marine research laboratory to develop technologies for Singapore’s maritime and offshore industry.

AsianScientist (Dec. 16, 2016) – The shipping industry could get greener, thanks to research from the newly launched Sembcorp Marine Lab at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore). Named in appreciation of a S$10 million (~US$6.9 million) endowment fund set up by Sembcorp Marine, the Lab aims to develop ground-breaking solutions in fuel emission management, energy efficiency, and green shipping.

NTU researchers are studying ways to retrofit ships with dual-fuel engines that would allow them to reduce harmful emissions while keeping costs low. Such solutions are also aimed at delivering competitive advantages, and help shipping companies better prepare for the stringent emission regulations that will come into effect in 2020.

Professor Lua Aik Chong, acting executive director of Maritime Institute @ NTU and professor-in-charge of the new lab, said, “This lab comes at an important time amid rising energy demands and environmental concerns about carbon emissions and global warming. With international bodies already taking action, the lab will help the industry prepare for the changes, by providing viable and cost effective solutions.”

The new lab will also serve as a testbed, and work with various industry partners and government agencies such as the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore on maritime-related research projects.

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Source: Nanyang Technological University.
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