MPA Singapore signs seven agreements to drive digitalisation and innovation in maritime sector
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) inked five Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) and two Agreements with local and international partners today at the Singapore Maritime Technology Conference (SMTC). These MOUs and Agreements are aligned with the Sea Transport Industry Transformation Map and aim to strengthen Singapore’s connectivity, deepen maritime R&D capabilities and create a vibrant innovation culture.
These MOUs are intended to help Singapore take its maritime sector to a new level of development in areas such as automation, data analytics, intelligent systems and cybersecurity.
Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA, said, “We are glad to have like-minded partners who strongly believe in the importance of digitalisation, technology and innovation.”
“Along with support for maritime start-ups, MPA hopes to create an enabling environment for both existing and new players to co-exist side by side as part of a vibrant innovative cluster. That way, Maritime Singapore will be able to stay ahead of the curve as a world class hub port and international maritime centre,” he added.
Held at Marina Bay Sands from 25 April to 26 April 2018 in conjunction with Singapore Maritime Week 2018 (SMW 2018), this year’s conference theme is “Shaping the Future Maritime Industry through Digital Innovation”.
Tuas Terminal Phase II Development
Penta Ocean (Japan), Hyundai (South Korea) and Boskalis (The Netherlands) signed an agreement for the Tuas Terminal Phase II development worth SGD$1.46 billion (USD $1.1 billion).
The Tuas Terminal will be developed in four phases over the span of some 30 years, with the Phase 1 reclamation works scheduled to be completed by the early 2020s and Phase 2 in the mid-2020s.
With Phase I well underway, this second phase of development will increase the total port capacity by another 21 million TEUs by 2027.
Works under Phase II include the design and construction of 387 hectares of reclaimed land bounded by 9.1km of caisson (a watertight retaining structure used for the repair of ships) walls. The latest innovations and technologies, such as E-cranes and reclaimer barges, will be employed to maximise the use of dredged materials for filling above sea level. When fully developed by the 2040s, Tuas Terminal will be able to handle up to up to 65 million TEUs annually.
Renewal of MPA-Research Council of Norway MOU
MPA is renewing its MOU in maritime research and development, education and training (RDET) with the Research Council of Norway (RCN) for the seventh term for three years till 2021. The MOU was initially signed in 2000. Since the MOU was first signed in 2000, 19 joint projects have been completed and four are still ongoing.
The MOU will see MPA and RCN working together in maritime R&D, education and training in the areas of Maritime Safety, Maritime Operations, Maritime Information and Communications Technology, Maritime Environment and Sustainable Energy Technology, and Offshore and Marine Engineering.
A second Joint Call for Proposals in Norway and Singapore will be launched by RCN and MPA (through the Singapore Maritime Institute) in 2018. This Joint Call for Proposals will focus on Maritime Digitalisation, Advanced Technologies, Autonomous Vessels and Systems, and Green Shipping.
Joint activities carried out under the MOU include the International Maritime and Port Technology Conference (MTEC) and e-navigation Forum held in April 2017 together with Singapore Maritime Technology Conference.
Kongsberg Norcontrol-ST Electronics-MPA Next Generation Vessel Traffic Management System (NGVTMS) Innovation Programme
MPA has awarded the Maritime Innovation and Technology (MINT) Fund to the consortium of ST Electronics, the electronics arm of ST Engineering, and Kongsberg Norcontrol (Norway) to pursue the Next Generation Vessel Traffic Management System (NGVTMS) Innovation Programme.
Under the programme, the consortium will co-invest about SGD$9.9 million (USD $7.5 million) to set up a NGVTMS Lab which will seek to explore new frontiers for navigation safety and security and improve the efficiency of maritime operations.
NGVTMS capabilities to be developed include new decision-support tools such as analysis of vessels routes, traffic hotspots prediction, and detection of potential collision situations that provide accurate and comprehensive maritime situational awareness.
ST Electronics and Kongsberg Norcontrol will also jointly develop and test digital technology and advanced data communications system for information exchange between ships and port authorities, in support of the e-Navigation initiatives by the International Maritime Organization to enhance operational efficiency and safety.
The consortium will adopt an open system architecture to facilitate wider collaboration and inter-operability with other technology partners, as well as the flexibility to introduce software/hardware enhancements on a regular basis.
MPA-Wärtsilä MOU on Maritime R&D and Innovation
MPA will be partnering the Finnish technology group, Wärtsilä Corporation, to promote the development of maritime technologies in the areas of digital acceleration, cyber-physical security and intelligent vessel and port operations.
The inaugural MOU will see both organisations cooperating to initiate, co-create and promote research, innovation development and test-bedding projects with the maritime industry, research institutes and institutes of higher learning (IHLs), and to build up a pool of small and medium enterprises in Singapore in: 1) Digital Acceleration; 2) Effective Cyber-Physical Security; 3) Intelligent Vessels Operations and Connectivity with Smart Port; and 4) Education, awareness
The two parties will participation in the Singapore Smart Port Acceleration Challenge and build local venturing activities through co-creation and mentorship with start-ups. They will also work with IHLs and the maritime community on cyber-physical systems onboard vessels for enhanced operational resilience, including aggregating cyber incidents reported by ships to facilitate coordinated incident response and management.
Intelligent vessels capabilities will be developed and field tested, with local operators and develop pathways to safe and sustainable autonomous operations, enabled by regulatory sandboxing.
Reliable, secured and cost-effective data exchange between port and vessel to enable efficient operations as well as digital twin modelling and simulations to generate value adding applications will be explored.
The organisations will participate in awareness generation and education through forums and showcasing across MPA Living Lab and Wärtsilä Digital Acceleration Centre.
NUS Enterprise-PortXL MOU to develop the Maritime Innovation Eco-system of Singapore
NUS Enterprise, the entrepreneurial arm of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a partner of MPA, is collaborating with PortXL, a maritime-only accelerator with offices in Rotterdam and Singapore, to increase the diversity of Singapore’s maritime innovation ecosystem.
The collaboration rides on the back of NUS Enterprise and MPA’s previously announced Maritime Technology Acceleration Program, known as PIER71 (Port Innovation and Ecosystem Reimagined at BLOCK71). Both parties will seek to encourage start-ups globally to participate in pilot projects and provide access to the maritime industry in Singapore and in Rotterdam.
To further support the cause, MPA will be also launching the Maritime Innovation & Technology (MINT) Fund Call for Proposals and Smart Port Challenge (SPC) to seek innovation from the research and technology community in June 2018.
MPA-Keppel O&M-TCOMS MOU to jointly develop autonomous vessels
MPA will be partnering Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) and the Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine Singapore (TCOMS) to jointly develop autonomous vessels capable of undertaking harbour operations such as channelling, berthing, mooring and towing, for safer, more efficient and more cost effective operations. There are multiple safety, efficiency and cost benefits to the use of autonomous vessels.
The project will be executed in various phases starting from remote controlled vessels leading to completely autonomous vessels. Keppel O&M will use its remote vessel monitoring and analytics programme, VesselCare, as the base platform in the initial phase to develop autonomous vessels. VesselCare is able to perform data consolidation, condition based monitoring and maintenance, mining and analytics of vessels.
During the advanced stages of monitoring & controlling a vessel, the project will develop a Digital Twin of the tug which will simulate vessel behaviour to help optimise the vessel operations using data analytics and visualisation tools. TCOMS will provide expertise in coupled physical-numerical modelling and simulation to evolve solutions that improve on the predictability and control of the behaviour and response of the vessel.
Memorandum of Intent with Eight Classification Societies to support Singapore Maritime Datahub
In addition to the above MOUs, MPA has also inked a Memorandum of Intent with eight classification societies on the development of the Singapore Maritime Data Hub (SG-MDH). The eight classification societies are American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Bureau Veritas (BV), China Classification Society (CCS), DNV GL, Korean Register of Shipping (KRS), Lloyd's Register of Shipping (LRS), Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK) and Registro Italiano Navale (RINA). All eight are members of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS).
Announced earlier this year, the SG-MDH is a one-stop data repository with a centralised application programming interface (API) gateway and data management capabilities. This will help enable the development and test-bedding of innovative digital apps and services for the maritime industry.
SG-MDH will also serve as a collaborative platform for technology companies, startups and maritime stakeholders to co-develop innovative data-driven maritime solutions, support projects under the MPA Living Lab and enhance connectivity among key stakeholders in the maritime logistics ecosystem.