MPA and Wärtsilä to collaborate on digital port projects

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Wärtsilä to collaborate on projects to enable the introduction of next generation renewable fuels, optimise digital port operations, and develop future talent.

The parties will seek to make port operations more efficient through the development of data exchange systems for vessels and port operations to support the sharing of data at scale, including real time data.

The development of an operational concept for vessels and harbour craft utilising AI-based monitoring, tracking, and incident response is also planned, leveraging big data from Wärtsilä’s Navi-Port system, MPA’s digital platforms and other relevant sources to power the AI algorithms. MPA and Wärtsilä will additionally collaborate on assessing cyber threats and risks to shipboard systems, ship-shore system communications and MPA’s digital platforms.

To improve the development of skills and competencies relating to digitalisation and decarbonisation in the future maritime workforce, MPA and Wärtsilä will explore working with partners and stakeholders to identify potential support avenues, which could include cooperation with the Tripartite Advisory Panel under the Alliance for Future Maritime Talent (AFMT TAP) to co-create a training curriculum.

“As a major bunkering and a maritime hub port supported by a robust R&D and start-up ecosystem, Singapore is at the heart of marintech innovation and at an exciting phase for the potential introduction of maritime fuels such as methanol, hydrogen and its derivatives such as ammonia,” said Kenneth Lim, Assistant Chief Executive (Industry and Transformation), MPA.

“MPA looks forward to our partnership with Wärtsilä to unlock our collective potentials and develop solutions that can be scaled to benefit global maritime community.”

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