Technology group Wärtsilä and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at introducing the next generation of renewable fuels, optimise digital port operations, and develop future talent.
Under the MoU, MPA and Wärtsilä will explore renewable fuel technologies and seek partnerships with various stakeholders to develop green fuel safety concepts and procedures to ensure safe handling and operation of future fuels.
According to the signatories, insights gained will support the development of global standards for maritime fuel safety.
The parties will seek to make port operations more efficient through developing reliable, secure, and cost-effective data exchanges between vessels and port operations.
Sharing of data at scale, including real time data, has potentials of unlocking insights to optimise port and vessel operations such as Just-in-Time planning, according to Wärtsilä.
Wärtsilä has also reported that it can enhance data-based value generation, including the development of new capabilities and operational processes.
Additionally, the development of an operational concept for vessels and harbour craft utilising AI-based monitoring, tracking, and incident response, is also planned.
Big data from Wärtsilä’s Navi-Port system, MPA’s digital platforms, and other relevant sources will be at the core of the algorithms to power the AI.
MPA and Wärtsilä will also collaborate on assessing cyber threats and risks to shipboard systems, ship-shore system communications and MPA’s digital platforms.
To equip future maritime workforce with skills and competencies relating to digitalisation and decarbonisation, MPA and Wärtsilä will explore working with partners and stakeholders to identify new skills.
Kenneth Lim, Assistant Chief Executive (Industry and Transformation), MPA, said: “MPA looks forward to our partnership with Wärtsilä to unlock our collective potentials and develop solutions that can be scaled to benefit global maritime community.”
“Over the years we have established a strong relationship with MPA, having worked together on various projects aimed at boosting efficiencies and sustainability,” commented Roger Holm, President of Marine Power at Wärtsilä.
“By working in close cooperation with all relevant stakeholders and qualified partners, Wärtsilä and MPA are making a concerted effort to create more efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable maritime operations.”
This recent partnership comes a year after the MPA renewed its call for greater collaboration in shipping decarbonisation.
More recently, the MPA and the Port of Rotterdam Authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish the world’s longest Green and Digital Corridor to enable low and zero carbon shipping.