MPA Singapore and ABS sign renewed tech research MoU

(l-r) Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA, and Christopher Wiernicki, Chairman, President & CEO, ABS

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) reports that it has signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ABS to renew its existing partnership in maritime research, development and innovation.

Under the agreement, MPA and ABS will collaborate on projects relating to decarbonisation, AI-driven decision support tools, predictive maintenance, cybersecurity and other technologies of importance to the future of the maritime sector.

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

“For Maritime Singapore to thrive, we must continue to maintain a vibrant ecosystem where companies see value to base its activities. I am glad ABS views Singapore as a strategic hub to entrench its maritime R&D capabilities in the region,” said Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA.

“This MOU strengthens our partnership with ABS, who has a long-standing presence in Singapore. I look forward to both organisations contributing towards Singapore’s growth as a leading international maritime centre through knowledge creation and technology applications.”

Also in Singapore, ABS has signed a separate Master Research Collaboration Agreement with the Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine, Singapore (TCOMS), which will also focus on joint efforts to create new technologies for the maritime and offshore industries.

The agreement will focus on collaboration in seven areas of research: intelligent structural health management; condition monitoring of marine and offshore assets; modelling and simulation of complex systems; autonomous and remotely operated vessels and other smart maritime systems; marine robotics; sustainability, decarbonisation and open-source simulation tools.

“ABS is proud to join forces with TCOMS to address some of the biggest challenges facing the marine and offshore industries today. Together we are confident we can make genuine progress in these areas and support the development of next generation solutions for the industry,” said Dr Gu Hai, ABS Vice President, Singapore Innovation and Research Center.

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