The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) have agreed new partnerships with classification society Bureau Veritas (BV), to collaborate on R&D and Joint Industry Projects related to digital classification services, smart shipping and maritime decarbonisation.
BV signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with MPA and a letter of intent (LOI) with SMI, which will also cover the further development and growth of maritime talent and expertise in Singapore as BV expands its presence in the port city.
“As a global hub port and leading international maritime centre, Maritime Singapore continues to invest significantly in maritime digitalisation and decarbonisation R&D to accelerate industry transformation and grow as a MarineTech hub,” said Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive, MPA.
“Talent is therefore a key enabler to help deliver on these aspirations. We welcome partnerships with like-minded partners like BV to deliver pragmatic and impactful solutions in both areas of technology and also talent development.”
The signings took place during the visit of a large Singaporean delegation to Paris comprising senior representatives of MPA, SMI, The Agency for Science, Technology and Research in Singapore (A*STAR), the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT).
The agreement signed with the Singapore Maritime Institute will see the organisations collaborate in facilitating joint R&D programmes and activities to identify and scope proposals with complementary and common strategic interests, and to develop appropriate proposals with approved research organisations and institutes of higher learning with relevant expertise and capabilities.
“SMI is pleased to have Bureau Veritas on board our R&D programmes launched this year. It covers shipboard cybersecurity, maritime AI and future ships and systems design,” said Tan Cheng Peng, Executive Director of SMI.
“We are committed to drive mission-centric research and development that addresses future challenges faced by the maritime industry. Working with international industry partners such as BV will help towards this goal by understanding and capturing real industry challenges that require research and innovation.”
“SMI hopes that this collaboration will be fruitful in delivering new knowledge and solutions for the international maritime industry.”