SMI partners with Kongsberg, RightShip and Wärtsilä on maritime AI research

The Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) has signed a series of memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with Kongsberg Digital, RightShip and Wärtsilä, with the group to cooperate on a Maritime Artificial Intelligence (AI) R&D Programme in the port city.

Under the agreement, SMI and its industry partners will work together to support an SMI call for proposals under the Maritime AI R&D programme, to identify industry challenges that can be resolved through data-driven tools and applications.

“The digital transformation of the maritime industry has accelerated in the last few years. With the vast amount of data available now, it is opportune for the industry to harness technologies such as big data analytics and artificial intelligence to further optimise operations and enhance productivity,” said Tan Cheng Peng, Executive Director of SMI.

“The new Maritime AI R&D programme will help to support this transformation and I am glad to have like-minded partners, Kongsberg Digital AS, RightShip and Wärtsilä Voyage Limited, to come onboard the journey with us.”

The Maritime AI R&D Programme was established following recommendations from SMI’s International Advisory Panel (IAP) meeting in March 2021. The programme hopes to address industry-wide gaps and concerns arising from increased use of automation and autonomy in the maritime industry such as data quality and integrity, systems security and integration and the need to build up talent for modelling, simulation and AI for the maritime domain.

The programme also aims to develop new algorithms, tools and applications that can be utilised by the industry to enhance decision-making, support the drive towards sustainability and optimise operations.

“Digitising the maritime industry is becoming increasingly important to stay competitive while at the same time reduce emissions in shipping. Kongsberg Digital is honoured to be recognised by SMI as a trusted and reliable partner, and we are excited to support SMI in the Maritime Artificial Intelligence R&D Programme,” said Hege Skryseth, President, Kongsberg Digital.

“The foundation of digitalisation at scale starts with access to quality data, contextualisation and standardisation. Kongsberg Digital will, through this programme, contribute with advice and competence. In addition, we will facilitate access to structured and contextualised data through our data infrastructure Vessel Insight and provide insight and access to the Kognifai Services.”

“Through our Kognifai Marketplace, SMI Cohorts can ultimately scale their applications and reach a bigger market. We are looking forward to contributing to this journey pushing the industry to a higher level of digitalisation.”

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