Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has renewed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Norwegian classification society DNV GL to include research and development in the field of intelligent shipping systems.
The newly expanded MoU will be valid for three more years and is set to feature a number of intelligent shipping systems, including the development of autonomous vessels and drones for maritime purposes.
Data analytics will also be used to create optimal shipping solutions, which will ultimately help to improve safety and sustainability of shipping and port activities.
Port Authority of Singapore Andrew Tan said: “MPA is pleased to renew the MoU with DNV GL to include autonomous technologies, intelligent shipping and data analytics.
“This is aligned with Singapore's efforts to keep pace with developments in smart ships and ports, as the industry moves towards adopting smarter shipping systems, to achieve higher standards of efficiency, productivity and safety.”
The renewed MoU also aims to promote the concept of green ports, which intend to achieve environmental gains through the use of energy-saving and emission-reduction technology in ports, particularly in terms of infrastructure, processes and harbourcraft.
Research and development activities will be also carried out in the fields of marine environment and resources, in order to reduce emissions and boost fuel efficiency through improvements in operational maintenance, as well as through research into LNG as an alternative fuel.
The MoU seeks to organise maritime-related thought leadership forum with the intention of promote green shipping, green ports and green technology within the Singapore maritime community.