RINA and ABB to develop emission-reduction solutions

The two organisations have signed a memorandum of understanding establishing collaboration

RINA and ABB to develop emission-reduction solutions


RINA and ABB will work on commercially viable solutions for decarbonising shipping

By Alex Smith |

Classification society RINA and technology group ABB are to jointly develop new concepts to reduce emissions in shipping, after the two organisations signed a memorandum of understanding establishing a collaboration.

The project will include the development of commercially viable solutions, including fuel cell systems with carbon capture. It will also focus on promoting the use of hydrogen, and the introduction of modern approaches to ship propulsion.

RINA will work on providing approval in principle of design concepts matching the technologies available from ABB and the applicable rules and regulations, along with project and type approvals. It will also conduct hazard identification and operability analyses, review of feasibility studies, cyber security certification and provide support with enterprise resource planning and digital solutions.

“We are delighted about the memorandum of understanding with ABB,” said Giosue Vezzuto, executive vice president of marine at RINA. “It demonstrates the high level of commitment between our companies. There are many challenges to overcome, and collaboration is crucial if we are to succeed in addressing them to protect the environment.”

ABB will focus on the development of suitable solutions based on latest technologies, providing information on possible ways to increase fuel efficiency in existing systems, and presenting and discussing solutions with owners, designers and shipyards.

“We are happy to strengthen our collaboration with RINA to drive decarbonisation in shipping,” said Rune Braastad, business line manager for marine systems at 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. I look forward to seeing the benefits these new solutions deliver to the industry and the environment.”

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