MPA focuses on green technology and innovation to stay ahead of the curve

MPA’s aim is to create a vibrant maritime cluster made up of partners which specialise in digitalisation and new technologies MPA’s aim is to create a vibrant maritime cluster made up of partners which specialise in digitalisation and new technologies

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is focusing on digitalisation and renewables project in order to keep ahead of the competition.

MPA’s aim is to create a vibrant maritime cluster made up of partners which specialise in digitalisation and new technologies taking the development of this expertise to the next level.

“MPA hopes to create an enabling environment for both existing and new players to co-exist side by side as part of a vibrant innovative cluster. That way, Maritime Singapore will be able to stay ahead of the curve as a world class hub port and international maritime centre,” said Mr Andrew Tan, chief executive of MPA.

Terminal development

The agreements were signed at the Singapore Maritime Conference held at Marina Bay Sands from 25 April to 26 April 2018 in conjunction with Singapore Maritime Week 2018 (SMW 2018).

One important agreement signed at the conference was between Penta Ocean (Japan), Hyundai (South Korea) and Boskalis (The Netherlands), for the Tuas Terminal Phase II development worth SGD$1.46 billion (USD $1.1 billion).

This second phase of development will increase the total port capacity by another 21 million teu by 2027.

Works under Phase II include the design and construction of 387 hectares of reclaimed land bounded by 9.1km of caisson walls. The latest innovations and technologies, such as e-cranes and reclaimer barges, will be employed to maximise the use of dredged materials for filling above sea level. When fully developed by the 2040s, Tuas Terminal will be able to handle up to 65 million teu annually.

Another important agreement signed at the conference was the renewal of the MOU with the Research Council of Norway (RCN) for three years till 2021. The MOU will see MPA and RCN working together in maritime R&D, education and training in the areas of safety, operations, IT and comms, environment and sustainable energy technology.

MPA will also be partnering the Finnish technology group Wärtsilä Corporation to promote the development of maritime technologies in the areas of digital acceleration, cyber-physical security and intelligent vessel and port operations.

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