The international classification society, RINA, announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ABB. The focus of this MoU is to build a cooperative relationship in order to create new ideas for reducing emissions in the shipping industry for various vessel types. This collaboration will work towards the creation of commercially viable solutions, such as fuel cell systems with carbon capture, to help drive the shipping industry towards decarbonization. Additionally, the MoU aims to promote the use of hydrogen and incorporate advanced techniques in ship propulsion.
Giosuè Vezzuto, Executive Vice President Marine at RINA, says, “We are delighted about the MoU with ABB. 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.”
“We are happy to strengthen our collaboration with RINA to drive decarbonization in shipping. 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,” says Rune Braastad, Business Line Manager, Marine Systems, ABB Marine & Ports.
Under the agreement, RINA will serve as the classification society and third-party certification provider, tasked with granting Approval in Principle for design concepts that align with the technologies offered by ABB and comply with relevant rules and regulations. RINA will also be involved in conducting Hazard Identification and Operability (HAZID/HAZOP) analyses, reviewing feasibility studies, providing cyber security certification, and offering support for enterprise resource planning and digital solutions.
As the technology provider, ABB’s role will be to develop appropriate solutions based on cutting-edge technologies, inform on ways to boost fuel efficiency in current systems, and collaborate with ship owners, designers, and shipyards to present and discuss potential solutions.