RINA, ABB Establish Shipping Decarbonisation Agreement
RINA and ABB signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together to come up with new ways to reduce emissions in the shipping industry.
The primary objective of the MoU is to foster a cooperative partnership between RINA and ABB to create novel concepts for reducing emissions across various types of vessels in the shipping industry.
The collaboration will include coming up with workable solutions, such as fuel cell systems with carbon capture, which will help the industry move toward getting rid of the carbon.
Furthermore, the agreement will prioritise promoting the use of hydrogen as well as the introduction of modern ship-propulsion techniques.
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 obstacles to overcome, and collaboration is essential if we are to succeed in protecting the environment."
“We are happy to strengthen our collaboration with RINA to drive decarbonisation 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.
As a classification society and independent certification provider, RINA will be in charge of approving design ideas that work with ABB's available technologies and follow all relevant rules and standards.
Additionally, RINA will conduct project and type approvals, carry out Hazard Identification and Operability (HAZID/HAZOP) analyses, review feasibility studies, provide cyber security certification, and offer support for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and digital solutions.
ABB, on the other hand, will serve as the technology provider and focus on developing viable solutions using the latest technologies. ABB will provide insights into potential methods of increasing fuel efficiency in existing systems and will present and discuss solutions with shipowners, designers, and shipyards.