SINGAPORE– ABS has announced plans to expand its operational workforce, increase research and development (R&D) efforts, and establish a Global Performance Center in Singapore.
The company will create the Singapore Innovation and Research Center (SIRC) that will expand R&D activity to include marine operations and performance management. SIRC also will be involved with the ABS-MPA Maritime Technology Professorship Program at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, which will promote marine and offshore-related research and education in Singapore.
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.
The company says these initiatives will expand the existing workforce, primarily through local recruitment of engineers, surveyors, and researchers.
ABS has made the following personnel assignments:
- Dr. Gu Hai will serve as the Director of the Singapore Innovation and Research Center
- Ah Kuan Seah will serve as the Director of the Global Performance Center
- Dr. Franck Violette will serve as the Head of Energy Efficiency and Environmental Performance of the Global Performance Center
- Dr. George Wang will serve as the Head of Vessel Performance of the Global Performance Center.