MPA Unveils E-Navigation Forum for Safer Shipping


The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has co-organized an industry workshop to support and accelerate the development of e-navigation solutions.

Working in partnership with International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), MPA has revealed that the workshop from April 8-10 will discuss options for the testing and operationalization of smart technologies.

The concept of e-navigation, which has been driven by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and nations such as Singapore, is expected to increase the safety of marine navigation and the reliability of communications with sea-going vessels.

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As part of the workshop, which is being attended by maritime administrations, port authorities and shipping associations, an “implementation roadmap” will be established to guide the technology’s progress and achieve operational capabilities.

Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA, said: “As one the world’s busiest hub ports with some 1,000 vessels in our port at any one time, Singapore places a very strong emphasis on navigational safety and continually invests in efforts and innovation in this area.

“Our election into the IALA Council has presented more opportunities for us to work closely with key players around the world, and we look forward to collaborating with like-minded partners under the broader framework of the IMO to support the implementation of e-navigation.”



Francis Zachariae, IALA Secretary-General, added: “Singapore, with their commitment to innovation in all aspects of navigational safety, makes an excellent host for this e-navigation workshop.

“This is a golden opportunity to highlight the tangible operational benefits of e-navigation and how they will make a real difference to mariners and other users in their daily operational life.”

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