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MPA refreshes R&D partnership with ABS

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and ABS have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to renew their partnership in maritime research, development and innovation.

Under this agreement, MPA and ABS will collaborate on projects relating to decarbonisation, Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven decision support tools, predictive maintenance, cybersecurity and other cutting-edge technologies critical to the port and ships of the future.

Christopher Wiernicki, ABS chairman, president and CEO said, “Singapore has been a key location for ABS for more than 60 years and this agreement represents the next phase of our collaboration.”

Both parties will also work together to develop the next-generation maritime workforce in Singapore, by rolling out relevant industry attachments and training programmes, as well as studying the impact of new technologies on the workforce and efficiency of augmented/virtual reality tools when used in training environments.

Quah Ley Hoon, MPA CEO, and Wiernicki signed the co-operation deal on 22 October at a virtual signing ceremony, which was witnessed by Chee Hong Tat, Singapore’s senior minister of state for transport and foreign affairs, at the Singapore Maritime Institute’s SMI Forum 2020 themed “Future of Port and Shipping”.

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