The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) have launched an open call for Joint/Collaborative Industry Projects (JIP) to build a maritime sector and supply chain that is more resilient to future disruption, with funding to be made available to chosen projects.
The initiative aims to “encourage our technology community, maritime stakeholders and adjacent sectors to forge innovation partnerships to address the challenges and opportunities as a result of COVID-19,” MPA says.
Applications will be accepted up until 10 July, for projects to commence in September 2020. Initial trials of new products or services will be expected to take place in Q1 2021.
MPA says that applicants are free to propose any innovation project that will contribute to the stated objectives, which could include the use of technologies such as AI, Cloud, robotics, wearables and smart/remote technology to minimise human contact.
The MPA’s Maritime Innovation & Technology (MINT) Fund will provide funding support at varying levels between 50% and 70% of selected qualifying project costs. The $250 million MINT Fund was created in 2003 to develop Singapore as a centre of excellence for maritime R&D and technology.
Some of the potential JIP’s suggested by MPA and SSA in the call for applications include seafarer telemedicine facilities, reduced touchpoint pier services, and remote ship inspections and surveys. Details for submitting applications to join the initiative are available via the MPA website.