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Sembcorp Marine and A*STAR strengthen collaboration

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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 commercialisation of new Digital Design solutions, Advanced Manufacturing capabilities and other Industry 4.0-related technologies in a real-world environment.

The Digital Design solutions to be explored include novel designs that support the development of offshore wind energy and risk mitigations in liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage and transportation.

Joint Lab@TBY also seeks to augment local Advanced Manufacturing capabilities in the following areas:

  • Large format additive manufacturing technology
  • Automated robotic welding for complex offshore structures
  • Automated non-destructive testing (NDT)
  • Smart factory floor monitoring and control

At the MRCA signing ceremony, Sembcorp Marine President and Chief Executive Officer Mr Wong Weng Sun, said that the partnership with A*STAR will greatly enrich Sembcorp Marine's efforts to develop cutting-edge, cost-competitive and greener engineering solutions.

Since 2013, Sembcorp Marine, A*STAR and various other stakeholders have been working together on research projects such as green shipping and workshop automation under individual agreements. 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 research and development collaborations, attract participation from more organisations, and enable the cross-fertilisation of unique insights and ideas to create impactful solutions.

Recent projects between Sembcorp Marine and A*STAR included the development of 3D printing and Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT). Through these collaborations, Sembcorp Marine last year received certifications qualifying its 3D printing procedures for making and restoring parts used in construction and repair projects, and completed the proof of concept for applying IIOT to improve the precision of steel-plate tracking at its fabrication workshop.

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