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ABS ups Singapore investments

Singapore: Class society ABS is upping investments in Singapore that will strengthen engineering and survey capabilities and lay the foundation for strategic global initiatives.

ABS is expanding its operational workforce, increasing research and development (R&D) efforts and establishing a Global Performance Center in Singapore.

 "ABS has worked alongside industry, academia and government in Singapore for more than 50 years," said ABS president and ceo Christopher Wiernicki. "We are moving in step with Singapore as it continues to expand its presence in global trade. These investments represent a continuation of our long-term commitment to Singapore, elevating its significance as an integral part of ABS' future."

ABS will create its Singapore Innovation and Research Center (SIRC). SIRC will expand R&D activity to include marine operations and performance management.

"At a time when operations are moving into increasingly demanding frontiers and industry is looking for ways to address environmental regulations and improve energy efficiency, there is an urgent need for solutions developed through R&D that are backed by real-world experience," Wiernicki said. "SIRC will target innovative solutions that can be put to work across the marine and offshore industries."

SIRC also will be involved with the recently announced ABS-MPA Maritime Technology Professorship Program at the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

At the same time, the ABS Global Performance Center will address industry needs in operational performance and energy efficiency, assisting clients in solving operational challenges throughout the life cycle of a vessel or offshore asset.  [11/04/13]

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