Research and Development in the Indian maritime industry is all set to enter a new chapter with the signing of a collaboration between the country’s premier Samundra Institute of Maritime Institute (SIMS) and the Japanese Classification Society Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (Class NK) on Saturday at its Lonavla pre-sea campus.
SIMS with its post-sea campus established in 2003 in Mumbai by Singapore based Executive Ship Management is well-known for offering world-class training for the merchant navy officers sailing in the company’s fleet of over 80 vessels including those on board from oil major BP vessels. The collaboration marks a new beginning to its commitment to pursue projects under R&D that will ensure the safety of the seafarers on board ships and bring the latest knowledge to the Indian Shipping Industry.
Nippon Kaiji Kyokai is a leading international ship classification society from Japan and it covers over 20 percent of the world merchant fleet currently under class. The study being commissioned under this R&D collaboration is related to the interaction of alumina with the ship’s fuel line. While the abrasive nature of powder alumina and its detrimental effect on the engine are well-known,not much is known regarding its interaction with a ship’s fuel line. The team at SIMS,Lonavala will be carrying out systematic experimental investigation to measure this interaction under various conditions.
Speaking on the occasion,the head of the high power delegation Dr. T. Yoneya,managing director,ClassNK expressed his firm conviction that this joint research project will lead to fruitful outcome which will be of benefit to the maritime community. The team from SIMS is headed by Dr. Ashwini Otta,head of the research project.