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Singapore MPA boosts support for maritime tech R&D

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is set to launch a new Maritime Transformation Programme (MTP) and Singapore Maritime Data Hub (SG-MDH), as part of its efforts to build a support ecosystem for innovation and R&D in the port city.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The MTP will be rolled out during the first half of 2018, and aims to include industry stakeholders, the National Research Foundation and other research institutes, to broaden Singapore’s maritime R&D capabilities in four focus areas – development of intelligent port systems, smart autonomous vessels, sea space and maritime traffic management, and maritime safety and security.

MPA says that funding will be made available to industry partners that are in a position to contribute to the development of technologies that have a high potential for practical application in the industry.

The Singapore Maritime Data Hub (SG-MDH) meanwhile is an initiative to promote data sharing in the maritime industry, by providing a data repository with a centralised application programming interface gateway and data management capabilities that can be used for the development and test-bedding of digital apps and services.

SG-MDH is intended to act as a collaborative platform for technology companies, start-ups and maritime stakeholders to work together in developing data-driven maritime technologies, while also providing support for projects coming from the MPA Living Lab.

The Data Hub will initially aim to offer real-time public access to MPA’s port and ship-related data by the third quarter of 2018, including vessel information, vessel arrival and departure times, and vessel positions and movement.

MPA says it will work with stakeholders such as classification societies and other maritime companies to also make their public data available via the SG-MDH, and will look to integrate with Singapore’s National Trade Platform and government systems to further broaden the data pool.{/mprestriction}

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