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MPA announces record seven agreements at Singapore Maritime Technology Conference

Projects to focus on connectivity, technology and innovation

Aligned with the Sea Transport Industry Transformation Map to enhance competitiveness and drive new growth areas, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has 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 will strengthen Singapore’s connectivity, deepen maritime R&D capabilities and create a vibrant innovation culture.
2 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. These MOUs will help us to take the maritime sector to a new level of development in areas such as automation, data analytics, intelligent systems and cybersecurity. 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.”
3 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”. Over 40 presentations from 14 countries were made under one roof, covering topics related to prominent maritime and port technology trends and developments. The two-day conference is expected to be attended by over 700 participants from 29 countries.
Tuas Terminal Phase II Development
4 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) at the conference today. With Phase I well underway, this second phase of development will increase the total port capacity by another 21 million TEUs by 2027.
5 Works under Phase II include the design and construction of 387 hectares of reclaimed land bounded by 9.1km of caisson 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
6 MPA is renewing its MOU with the Research Council of Norway (RCN) for the seventh term for three years till 2021. 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. Both parties will also jointly organise the International Maritime-Port Technology and Development (MTEC) and conduct a Norway-Singapore Joint Call for Proposals. Since the MOU was first signed in 2000, 19 joint projects have been completed and four are still ongoing. (See Annex B for more details)
Kongsberg Norcontrol-ST Electronics-MPA Next Generation Vessel Traffic Management System (NGVTMS) Innovation Programme
7 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 set new frontiers for navigation safety and security as well as to improve the efficiency of maritime operations. (See Annex C for more details)
MPA-Wärtsilä MOU on Maritime R&D and Innovation
8 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 partnership will also see Wärtsilä providing mentorship to start-ups, pursuing innovation collaborations in Singapore with institutes of higher learning and the maritime community. (See Annex D for more details.)
NUS Enterprise-PortXL MOU to develop the Maritime Innovation Eco-system of Singapore 
9 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 our 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. (See Annex E for more details.)
MPA-Keppel O&M-TCOMS MOU to jointly develop autonomous vessels
10 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. (See Annex F for more details.)
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