ABS, SDARI sign design development agreement to develop a new generation of feeder container carriers
ABS, a leading provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industry, has signed a Design Development Agreement with Shanghai Merchant Ship Design & Research Institute (SDARI) to develop a new generation of feeder container carriers. ABS Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Howard Fireman and SDARI President Jintao Hu, signed the agreement at SDARI on 3 December in Shanghai, China.
The objective of this project is to develop the next-generation feeder design with a focus on operational efficiency and flexibility. This project will bring together innovative design and technology solutions with a novel concept that incorporates technology-readiness features to enable cost-effective implementation of present and future regulations by applying extensive life-cycle cost analyses. This innovative feeder container carrier design will meet future market and trade needs that are being driven by the increase in ultra-large container carriers and the growth of specific regional markets.
Founded in 1862, ABS is a leading international classification society devoted to promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine and offshore assets.