Singapore: In collaboration with the Singapore Maritime Institute, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will establish three centres of excellence over the next five years.
The project will focus on the development and commercialisation of projects related to data analytics and intelligent systems, autonomous systems and robotics, smart infrastructure, and safety and security.
The first centre will be established by the MPA and Nanyang Technological University in Q2 2017 and will focus on the maritime environment and energy. A further two centres will subsequently be established to focus on port operations and maritime safety respectively.
The MPA Living Lab, which will be set up later this year, will create a technology partnership platform which will enable technology and industry entities to use the operating conditions and environment offered by the Port of Singapore.
In the area of data analytics and intelligent systems, the MPA said that projects could, for example, include the creation of a maritime data hub to co-develop applications such as just-in-time vessel arrival or predictive analytics to forecast traffic conditions and potential collision risks for next-generation vessel traffic management systems.
The MPA also indicated that it will work with industry partners to provide framework conditions for the development and testing of autonomous vessels, drones and other autonomous systems. Sea spaces and regulatory guidelines will be provided for testing activities.
Commenting on the launch of the initiative, Andrew Tan, the MPA’s chief executive, said: ‘The MPA Living Lab will be the first of its kind in the region and will not only help Singapore to transform its maritime sector into a high technology industry through the test-bedding and development of new systems and capabilities for future port operations but also enable companies to test-bed locally developed solutions under actual operating conditions, bringing these technologies closer to commercialisation and internationalisation.’