Singapore to develop new centre for maritime AI research

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore has established a Centre for Maritime Digitalisation to develop digital systems for smart shipping, port systems and decarbonisation, focusing on the application of computational modelling, simulation and artificial intelligence (AI) to the maritime environment.

The C4MD centre will be led by the Agency’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) and aims to partner with other Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), industry partners and public sector agencies on collaborative research in key areas such as decarbonisation and applying AI to areas including Just In Time (JIT) operations, predictive maintenance, emissions monitoring and supply chain intelligence.

The programme is funded by the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) and is part of the Maritime AI Research Programme, under which A*STAR has signed a master agreement framework with seven industry partners to co-develop AI and other digital technologies for maritime.

The seven industry partners include classification societies ABS, Bureau Veritas and ClassNK, tech companies METIS and ShipsFocus, as well as MTI and PSA Marine. Initial projects under the research programme include near collision detection, predictive maintenance, launch boat optimisation, and energy consumption prediction.

“Maritime AI will be key to driving the next bound of industry transformation to enable greater optimisation and automation in maritime business and operations,” said Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.

“This industry collaboration to share expertise and resource is essential to build local capabilities and accelerate the development of market solutions, lower cost, and facilitate industry wide adoption. The programme will strengthen Maritime Singapore’s AI capabilities and competitiveness, and we look forward to welcoming more industry partners.”

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