MUN signs R&D agreement

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Will develop centre in partnership with American Bureau of Shipping

Memorial University has entered into a partnership with the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) to establish a new research and development centre at the university.

Ray Gosine, interim vice-president of research at MUN, signed a memorandum of understanding Tuesday with Roger Basu, ABS director of research and development, corporate technology, and head of its harsh environment program.

Roger Basu (left), the American Bureau of Shippings director of research and development, corporate technology, and Ray Gosine, Memorial Universitys interim vice-president of research, sign a memorandum of understanding to establish a new harsh environmen

Memorial University has entered into a partnership with the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) to establish a new research and development centre at the university.

Ray Gosine, interim vice-president of research at MUN, signed a memorandum of understanding Tuesday with Roger Basu, ABS director of research and development, corporate technology, and head of its harsh environment program.

The ABS Harsh Environment Technology Centre will be located in the faculty of engineering on MUN's St. John's campus to support development of technologies for ships and offshore structures operating in harsh environments, particularly the Arctic.

Gosine said MUN has been collaborating with ABS for a number of years, largely through the efforts of one of its engineering faculty members, Claude Daley, who's an expert in polar shipping.

One of ABS's lines of business is in certifying ships for different kinds of use, including shipping in the Arctic, Gosine said.

"They need to be able to make good decisions about ships for operating in such regions and they need to be supported with research and development. So, on the basis of a good relationship that was established by one of our faculty members, they have decided in consultation with us to establish a harsh environment technology centre at Memorial to access more broadly the expertise at the university and, I think more exactly, to start to build new capacity."

Through this initiative, Gosine said MUN will be able to engage new graduate and undergraduate students in research and development work important to ABS and also to the Arctic development, which is a frontier in energy for this country and the world.

By this summer, he said, the program should be well underway, initially involving about five to six new graduate students and then work-term students. Gosine expects that number will grow to 15 to 20 students in the near future.

He said the establishment of this new centre will fill a void in research in support of the province's offshore industry.

"Creating a safer working environment for those employed in harsh conditions is pivotal to the economic growth of the industries linked to Canada's Arctic," Gosine said. "Memorial is delighted to partner with ABS to take the lead in research and development in this important field."

Founded in 1862, ABS is considered a leading international classification society devoted to promoting the security of life, property and the marine environment through the development and verification of marine-related construction and maintenance design standards.

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Organizations: American Bureau of Shipping, ABS Harsh Environment Technology Centre

Geographic location: Arctic, St. John's, Canada

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