Alabama-educated Sikh to lead Singapore-based maritime research centre

As director of Global Sustainability Center, Gurinder Singh leads new research center that will will focus on de-carbonisation of shipping

Gurinder Singh: ABS Director of Global Sustainability
By Asia Samachar Team | SINGAPORE |

Alabama-educated Gurinder Singh has been tapped to helm a Singapore-based research centre that intends to help the maritime industry to lower its carbon emissions.

The ABS Global Sustainability Center, a project launched by the US-based American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), will focus on de-carbonisation of shipping.

“Decarbonising shipping is a challenge that will compel the industry to reach new technology frontiers. At the same time, it is an opportunity to transition to a more sustainable world economy enabled by efficient, low-carbon transportation,” ABS Chairman/President/ CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki said in a statement.

As Director of the Global Sustainability Center, Gurinder leads this new research center, which will focus on de-carbonisation of shipping.

With over 10 years of experience leading innovative projects in both the marine and O&G markets, he has a wealth of knowledge regarding the latest environmental regulations and related technologies.

Gurinder led the ABS project for the first LNG-fuelled vessel. He also led various efforts on topics such as environmental protection, spill recovery and LNG bunkering.

“Today’s world is quickly changing, and the shipping industry is navigating a complex regulatory landscape and rapid technology changes. The IMO Green House Gas reduction targets will present an unprecedented challenge to the industry—as the targets cannot be achieved with today’s technology. The Center has a vital role to play in helping the industry manage the transition safely,” said Gurinder.

“Singapore is an ideal location for the Center as we build upon our strong collaboration with leading Universities and Sustainability Centers of Excellence here. The Center is a home for innovation and creativity that brings together industry and academia working hand-in-hand toward a sustainable future.”

Gurinder obtained a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of South Alabama in 2001 and a M.S. for Engineering Management from University of New Orleans in 2007.

Since ABS’ founding in 1862, the ship classification organisation has been involved in the setting standards for safety and excellence for as one of the world’s leading ship classification organisations.



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