LANGKAWI – Malaysian Marine Department today signed amemorandum of understanding (MoU) with three universities namely Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) to carry out research on several areas.
Its Director-General Datuk Baharin Abdul Hamid said the three universities would help the department to conduct studies at the Maritime Transport Training Institute, an institution that is recognised as a Regional Maritime Training Centre of Excellence in Asean.
“UTM will cooperate with us in the research field to develop ship engines that are environmentally friendly and meet international standards in terms of greenhouse gas emissions,” he told Bernama today.
He said that UKM would assist in conducting studies to identify aquatic organisms found in the country’s waters.
“We will create a baseline study and identify the level of aquatic organisms that exist in the Melaka Straits and also around the major ports in the country,” he said.
He said UniKL, through Universiti Teknikal Mara would collaborate in the field of human resources to help train the best seafarers.
For the signing ceremony, the Marine Department was represented by Baharin, while UTM was represented by its vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Ir Wahid Omar, UKM by its deputy vice-chancellor Prof Imran Ho Abdullah and UniKL by its president Prof Datuk Dr Mazliham Mohd Su’ud.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. – BERNAMA