ABS and Sea Forrest Sign Pioneering MoU to Advance Maritime Electrification Technology

(Front L to R): George Lee, CEO, Sea Forrest; Gareth Burton, ABS Vice President, Technology (Back Row L to R): Dr. Gu Hai, ABS Vice President and Head of Global Simulation Centre; Kenneth Lim, Assistant Chief Executive, Industry and Transformation, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore; Arnab Ghosh, ABS Vice President, Regional Business Development. (Image credit: ABS)

ABS and Sea Forrest Power Solutions Pte Ltd (Sea Forrest), a subsidiary of BH Global, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to drive advancements in cutting-edge maritime electrification technologies.

Supported by the new ABS Electrification Center in Singapore, the agreement will cover projects for electric vessels, shore charging infrastructure along with related industry standards and marine classification requirements. ABS and Sea Forrest also intend to collaborate on a project to study the pertinent safety considerations for the development of fire resilient battery room or enclosure designs.

“ABS is well-positioned to use our deep industry knowledge to advance emerging battery technologies and shore power connection technologies to understand the risks of electrified vessels and to support infrastructure planning as ports become increasingly electrified and connected. We look forward to working together with innovators such as Sea Forrest to enhance the safety of the maritime industry and bring about a smooth transition to clean energy,” said Gareth Burton, ABS Vice President, Technology.

In response to this groundbreaking collaboration, Sea Forrest CEO George Lee said: “We are excited to partner with ABS to drive innovation and safety in maritime electrification technology. Sea Forrest is proud to contribute our technical expertise, operational insights and practical experiences in battery and energy storage applications on board electric and hybrid-powered vessels. This partnership underscores our commitment to advancing cleaner energy solutions in the maritime sector, and we are eager to work alongside ABS and other industry leaders to make our oceans more sustainable and our vessels safer and more efficient.”

The MoU was signed in Singapore during the ABS Technology Forum: Enabling Electrification and Model-based Approaches, a conference connecting key stakeholders across the maritime value chain. Attendees from manufacturing, government and academia joined ABS to identify areas for future collaboration and research projects.

ABS understands that additional alternative energy options, particularly electrification, are needed to help the shipping industry achieve net zero by 2050. Learn more here about how ABS is leading in decarbonization and sustainability solutions for clients.

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