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Memorial University Program to Study Marine and Offshore Structures in Harsh Ocean Environments

April 3, 2012

ST. JOHN’S, NL, April 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Newfoundland and Labrador’s
knowledge and technological capacity for ships and offshore structures
operating in harsh ocean environments is about to be strengthened with
the launch of a research program at Memorial University’s Faculty of
Engineering and Applied Science.

The Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador
(RDC) and ABS of Houston, Texas today announced a combined $600,000
investment for the ABS Harsh Environment Technology Centre and
associated research program. This investment will fund research on how
ship and offshore structures can be improved to work more effectively
in volatile ocean conditions, such as the North Atlantic.

“This partnership further demonstrates Newfoundland and Labrador as a
recognized leader on the international stage when it comes to research
and development of technologies for ships and offshore structures
operating in harsh environments,” said the Honourable Keith Hutchings,
Minister Responsible for RDC. “Worldwide, there is an industry need for
this type of research and development. Our geography, academic
environment and strong economy make Newfoundland and Labrador the best
place for international companies to learn about operating in cold
ocean environments.”

The research program within the ABS Harsh Environment Technology Centre
will focus on themes such as dynamic positioning in ice, produced water
management, ballast water management, corrosion protection of ships and
platforms and fire and explosion assessment.

“This investment is a significant development for our province as we
continue to build research capacity in the ocean technology sector,”
said Glenn Janes, CEO of RDC. “Academic researchers at Memorial
University will be able to work with international partners such as ABS
to expand research that can develop solutions for companies operating
in challenging marine conditions.”

Founded in 1862, ABS is a leading non-governmental international
classification society devoted to promoting the security of life,
property and the marine environment through the development and
verification of standards for the design, construction and operational
maintenance of marine-related facilities.

“ABS collaborated with Memorial University of Newfoundland and RDC to
establish the ABS Harsh Environment Technology Centre,” stated Todd
Grove, ABS Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. “ABS and
Memorial University have developed a strong working relationship during
the last few years while producing important research in this field.
With this additional support we will build on our previous efforts and
continue to assist the marine and offshore industry in tackling the
challenges they face in harsh and arctic environments.”

ABS has a longstanding relationship with Memorial University. In 2009, a
memorandum of understanding was signed to create the ABS Harsh
Environment Technology Centre on the St. John’s campus to support the
development of technologies for ships and offshore structures operating
in harsh environments. Today’s investment builds on the relationship
with ABS and will strengthen Memorial University’s expertise in a
strategic research area.

“Memorial University’s Faculty of Engineering has the unique resources
and expertise needed to address the challenges of ship and structure
design for harsh offshore environments,” said Dr. Gary Kachanoski,
President and Vice-Chancellor, Memorial University. “Ultimately, the
research stemming from this investment will help our students, faculty
and industry partners make ocean-related industries safer and more
productive.”

ABS has worked closely with the Ocean Engineering Research Centre (OERC)
within Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science to develop
the ABS Harsh Environment Technology Centre and the associated research
program, which will be led by Dr. Wei Qiu, associate professor and
director of the OERC.

“We look forward to continued collaboration with ABS and RDC,” said Dr.
Qiu. “This support will allow the OERC to expand its activities in
improving ship and offshore structure design and safety operations in
harsh ocean environments.”

About the Research & Development Corporation
The Research & Development Corporation is a provincial Crown corporation
responsible for improving Newfoundland and Labrador’s R&D performance.
RDC works with R&D stakeholders including business, academia and
government agencies and departments. In Budget 2011 Standing Strong:
For Prosperity. For Our Future. For Newfoundland and Labrador, the
Provincial Government allocated more than $19 million to make strategic
research and development related investments in people, strategic
opportunities and infrastructure. For more information about RDC, go to
www.researchnl.com.

About  ABS
Founded in 1862, ABS is a leading non-governmental international
classification society devoted to promoting the security of life,
property and the marine environment through the development and
verification of standards for the design, construction and operational
maintenance of marine-related facilities.

About Memorial University of Newfoundland
Founded in 1925 as a memorial to Newfoundland’s war dead, Memorial
University College was elevated to degree-granting status in 1949 as
Memorial University of Newfoundland. Today, the university is the
largest in Atlantic Canada, with about 18,000 students. Memorial
provides excellent undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in
virtually all disciplines. Outstanding research and scholarship,
extraordinary teaching and a focus on community service are the
university’s hallmarks. Many teaching and research activities reflect
our mid-North Atlantic locations; these unique settings and our
cultural heritage have led to the creation of highly-regarded academic
programs and specialized facilities in areas such as music,
linguistics, folklore and human genetics, as well as earth sciences,
cold-ocean engineering, rural health care and archaeology. For more
information about Memorial University of Newfoundland, please go to www.mun.ca.

SOURCE Research & Development Corporation


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