The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Shell Eastern Trading to jointly conduct the research and development (R&D) of various marine technologies in the fields of clean fuel, automation and port digitalisation.

MPA and Shell will also collaborate to develop new solutions to reduce emissions in the port as part of the MoU.

Additionally, the companies are set to explore possibilities for greater automation at the port, as well as support R&D initiatives that involve digitalisation and include electronic data exchanges among various stakeholders to improve the safety, efficiency and security of maritime communication.

MPA chief executive Andrew Tan said: “Singapore will continue to invest in future capabilities to build up a strong maritime cluster to generate good employment opportunities and stay ahead of the competition.

“We are pleased to work with industry partners like Shell to drive the digital transformation of the maritime industry in Singapore.”

“We are pleased to work with industry partners like Shell to drive the digital transformation of the maritime industry in Singapore in the areas of electronic data interchange, automation, intelligent systems and cleaner energy.”

MPA previously completed the pilot trial of three modules under the Sense-making Analytics For maritime Event Recognition (SAFER) project in August, in collaboration with IBM.

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The project is a joint effort between MPA and IBM. It is expected to aid the development and testing of new analytics-based technologies with the intention of improving maritime and port operations to support Singapore’s increasing growth in vessel traffic.

It comprises a total of seven modules, including automated movement detection, infringement analytics, pilot boarding detection, bunkering analytics, prohibited area analytics and vessel traffic arrival prediction, as well as utilisation, detection and prediction.