Kongsberg Maritime (KM) and China Merchants Industry (CMI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the design and build of certain vessel types. The companies aim to offer shipowners the most competitive, energy efficient and sustainable vessels.
Specifically, in China, they plan to help the country’s shipping industry meet IMO 2050 targets, as well as supporting the longer-term drive of achieving carbon neutrality by 2060.
The ships and equipment identified so far for special attention include container feeders, chemical tankers, mid-sized cruise and passenger vessels, LNG carriers, offshore wind and aquaculture plant, and fuel gas supply systems.
KM and CMI have worked closely together for many years but the MoU formalises the business alliance and demonstrates KM’s long-term commitment to the Chinese ship construction industry, according to KM’s Greater China Country Manager and SVP, Martin Wernli. Speaking for CMI, the company’s Deputy general manager, Wu Sichuan, said that the MoU represented a very hopeful step forward for both parties.
Kongsberg and China Merchants sign MoU on future collaboration