Sembcorp signs an MRCA with A*STAR

From left to right: Sembcorp Marine President & CEO Mr Wong Weng Sun; Sembcorp Marine Head of R&D Mr Simon Kuik; Professor Tan Sze Wee, Assistant Chief Executive, Science and Engineering Research Council, A*STAR; and Mr Frederick Chew, CEO, A*STAR

Sembcorp Marine and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) have signed a Master Research Collaboration Agreement (MRCA) to jointly pursue innovation in Digital Design and Advanced Manufacturing. With this agreement, the partners aim to shorten the development cycle and time-to-market of new offshore, marine and clean energy solutions achieved through their research efforts.

Under the MRCA, Sembcorp Marine and A*STAR will set up Joint Lab@TBY, a research laboratory and work space at Sembcorp Marine Tuas Boulevard Yard that will facilitate the test-bedding and commercialization of new Digital Design solutions, Advanced Manufacturing capabilities, and other Industry 4.0-related technologies in a real-world environment.

The MRCA allows Sembcorp Marine to team up with multiple A*STAR research entities under a common framework. This arrangement will smoothen the execution of future R&D collaborations, attract participation from more organizations, and enable the cross-fertilization of unique insights and ideas to create impactful solutions.

Sembcorp Marine and A*STAR have also embarked on projects in optimizing engineering designs for gas hybrid tugs, gas containment systems and performance-based assessment for gas leaks and dispersion.