The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has expanded the scope of its memorandum of understanding (MOU) with DNV GL to include autonomous systems and intelligent shipping. The new MOU, signed in January 2017, extends the collaboration for three years.
Under the expanded agreement the two organisations will promote maritime research and development in areas including: intelligent shipping systems such as autonomous vessels and drones for maritime purposes, or the use of data analytics to create robust and optimal shipping solutions; Green Ports – an examination of the potential environmental gains to be made through the use of energy saving and emission reduction technology in ports; projects which are designed to cut emissions and boost fuel efficiency, through improvements in operational maintenance, and also research into LNG as an alternative fuel.
Andrew Tan, MPA chief executive, 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.”