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ClassNK and USMRC team up for R&D projects

Mr Koichi Fujiwara, Class NK VP, and Mr Brian Holden, president of the USMRC Mr Koichi Fujiwara, Class NK VP, and Mr Brian Holden, president of the USMRC USMRC

Japan’s ClassNK and the United States Maritime Resource Centre (USMRC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which outlines the framework for “future technical cooperation” on research projects and maritime activities.

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Initial activity will look at the development of LNG bunkering simulation tools, a particular area of focus for the USMRC.

“We were the first to offer LNG bunkering safety training in the United States,” said Brian Holden, president of the USMRC.

“The signing of this MOU will allow us to take another leap forward in this area by developing practical, hands-on LNG bunkering simulation tools to make this training even better.”

As well as LNG simulation, the two organisations will cooperate on dynamic positioning and other training capabilities for the offshore sector, while ClassNK will also support USMRC’s research around maritime cybersecurity.

“Our goal is to support the safety of ships from not only from the technological point of view, but also the human factor perspective,” said ClassNK executive vice president Koichi Fujiwara.

“The need for qualified seafarers who are familiar with the latest maritime technology is essential for the sustainable development of the shipping industry.”

“USMRC not only has the specialised knowledge to address these issues, but also has rich experience in maritime training. I am sure that this collaboration will greatly contribute to the future of maritime education and training in the world.”

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