MPA Singapore and Wärtsilä partner on smart port tech development

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Wärtsilä Voyage to work together on a variety of projects in smart port innovation and digitalisation.

The main objectives of the strategic partnership are to initiate, develop and promote innovative systems that accelerate digitalisation; foster interoperability in e-navigation and ship-to-shore secure data communications to enable port-to-port optimisation; and establish reliable, cyber safe and cost-effective information exchange pathways between all ecosystem partners to increase operational efficacy.

The scope of the collaboration agreement also covers the development and field-testing of intelligent vessel capabilities to improve interoperability of onboard and onshore systems for coordinated and sustainable operations.

Wärtsilä says that it aims to work with its own customers whose ships call at the Port of Singapore, subject to their consent, to create a pool of nautical data to test-bed information exchange applications and help to implement standard Application Programming Interfaces (API) between participating vessels and MPA’s Just-In-Time (JIT) coordination platforms (digitalPORT@SG and digitalOCEANS), to enable optimal arrival and departure of vessels from the port

“At MPA, we have been leading the development and implementation of digital port clearance technology to improve efficiency in the world’s leading hub port,” said Koh Chin Yong, Chief Information Officer / Acting Director (IT), MPA.

“This collaboration with industry partners like Wärtsilä, using its Navi-Port for Just-in-Time planning and coordination on the digitalPORT platform, further solidifies our commitment towards digitalisation to support port-to-port optimisation and maritime decarbonisation.”

This partnership builds on the existing relationship between Wärtsilä and MPA, which includes a series of commercial and R&D initiatives such as the IntelliTug Project, a navigational simulator for the Centre of Excellence in Maritime Safety, a Ship Traffic Control Simulator, and a Full mission bridge simulator for port training.

“MPA is our strategic customer and influential regulator. Signing this MoU further strengthens and elevates our relationship from a standard and traditional supplier-customer relationship and towards a deeper and long-term strategic partnership,” said Sean Fernback, President, Wärtsilä Voyage and Executive Vice President, Wärtsilä.

“Connected ports are the nodal points in the connected maritime ecosystem that’s necessary for decongesting harbours, enabling on-time arrivals and departures, reducing anchorage time, fuel waste and increasing sustainability of the whole supply chain.”

“The more ports get connected, the further it’ll encourage the uptake of connected vessels among ship owners and operators, helping them optimise their operations too, cascading the positive effect on the whole shipping industry, the planet and the people.”

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