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RINA joins Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) has signed a partnership agreement with the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping (MMMCZCS), a not-for-profit international research and development center dedicated to the decarbonization of the shipping industry.

As informed, the agreement represents a formal recognition of their joint working and shared commitment to a long-term collaboration around the development of safe and sustainable decarbonization solutions for the maritime industry.

Under the deal, RINA will contribute to the development of decarbonization strategies and action plans through extensive knowledge sharing, joint events and network activities.

What is more, the partnership aims to provide opportunities to connect the center experts with experts in the Naval Architecture Group, International Maritime Organisation (IMO), and environmental and safety committees and academia.

“Collaboration, strong networks and knowledge sharing are essential to the decarbonization of the maritime industry. A partnership with RINA opens new opportunities to engage the maritime community, promote solutions and raise awareness among those who have the opportunity to act,” the center’s CEO Bo Cerup-Simonsen commented.

“The Royal Institution of Naval Architects provide a forum for the discussion of technical and scientific issues regarding design, construction, research, and development across all sectors of the maritime industry and together we look forward to knowledge sharing and leading strategy towards decarbonisation in shipping,” Chris Boyd, CEO of RINA, added.

“Achieving the long-term target of decarbonization requires new fuel types and a systemic change within the industry. Industry leaders play a critical role in ensuring that laboratory research is successfully matured to scalable solutions matching the needs of the industry. At the same time, new legislation will be required to enable the transition towards decarbonization,” the officials concluded.

In the past couple of months, the center welcomed several industry players, including UK-based oil and gas major BP.

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By entering into a partnership with the center, the companies commit to work on the development of zero-carbon technologies for the maritime industry. Through collaboration with the shipping industry across the supply chain, the center will carry out R&D and develop practical solutions relating to alternative fuels and new technologies related to ship operations.