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Maritime Cyber Centre of Excellence opens in Singapore

Wärtsilä has opened a new International Maritime Cyber Centre of Excellence (IMCCE) in Singapore, consisting of a Maritime Cyber Emergency Response Team (MCERT) and a cyber academy, created in conjunction with its new cyber security strategic partner, Templar Executives.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The MCERT is a cyber intelligence and incident support platform which aims to provide international intelligence feeds, advice and support, including real-time assistance to members on cyber-attacks and incidents, alongside a Cyber Security Reporting Portal (CSRP).

The MCERT is based on a membership model, and offers an Advisory Board membership for those who want to lead the cyber agenda in the industry. The Advisory Board will comprise of key stakeholders from the maritime ecosystem in the areas of shipping, oil & gas, ports and cruise ships.

The Cyber Academy’s courses will cover a range of relevant topics, from cyber security coaching for senior management to cyber awareness for all organisational levels within the maritime industry.

The MCERT will operate from the newly launched Wärtsilä Acceleration Centre facilities in Singapore, which have been purpose-built to promote innovation and collaboration with industry, academia, and local partners in driving development of Singapore’s maritime ecosystem.

The opening of the Centre follows on from an agreement signed between the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Wärtsilä in April 2018 to collaborate in areas of intelligent vessels, connected smart port operations, cyber-physical security, and digital acceleration with start-ups.

The first project to be co-created at the Wärtsilä Acceleration Centre is the Wärtsilä IntelliTug,  which aims to develop a harbour tug with autonomous navigation capabilities in cooperation with MPA and PSA Marine.

The vessel will be capable of performing a range of routine missions designed to improve tug safety and efficiencies, while reducing operator workload and pressure in one of the world’s most demanding harbour environments, the partners said.

The IntelliTug project will involve a combination of technologies, including a new-to-market near-field wideband radar and real-time video analytics, integrated with a lightweight human-centric mission control system to supervise close quarters operations and alert users on collision avoidance using adaptive dynamic route planning capabilities.

Wärtsilä will test-bed the IntelliTug concept in 2019, together with MPA and PSA Marine, on an existing tugboat in Singapore’s actual operational port. 

“In contrast to many existing conceptual ideas in the industry, with IntelliTug we are creating a technology that will find a real application in the commercial maritime market. We want to help the industry improve by leveraging the use of automation technologies on ships to boost safety and efficiency, while at the same time augmenting the human’s role within the loop,” said Marco Ryan, chief digital officer and executive vice president, Wärtsilä Corporation.

“This solution will empower tug masters by actively assisting the crew in different situations, allowing them to focus on critical tug operations whilst dynamically maintaining safe distances during navigation and preventing potential collisions. It will also give them additional decision-making support and the ability to work with their colleagues ashore via real time data connection.”{/mprestriction}

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