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Singapore: MPA-ABS renew partnership to advance maritime R&D efforts

23 Oct 2020

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Thursday (22 October) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) to renew its partnership in maritime research, development and innovation.

The signing was witnessed by Chee Hong Tat, Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Transport and Foreign Affairs, at the Singapore Maritime Institute’s SMI Forum 2020 themed “Future of Port and Shipping”. 

Under this agreement, MPA and ABS will collaborate on projects relating to decarbonisation, AI-driven decision support tools, predictive maintenance, cybersecurity and other cutting-edge technologies critical to the port and ships of the future.

Both parties will also work together to develop the next-generation maritime workforce in Singapore, by rolling out relevant industry attachments and training programmes, as well as studying the impact of new technologies on the workforce and efficiency of augmented/virtual reality tools when used in training environments, said the MPA.

“For Maritime Singapore to thrive, we must continue to maintain a vibrant ecosystem where companies see value to base its activities. I am glad ABS views Singapore as a strategic hub to entrench its maritime R&D capabilities in the region,” said Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA. 

“This MOU strengthens our partnership with ABS, who has a long-standing presence in Singapore. I look forward to both organisations contributing towards Singapore’s growth as a leading international maritime centre through knowledge creation and technology applications”. 

“Singapore has been a key location for ABS for more than 60 years and this agreement represents the next phase of our hugely successful collaboration. The shipping and offshore industries face significant challenges in the coming years,” added Christopher Wiernicki, Chairman, President & CEO, ABS.

“ABS is playing a leading role in supporting the industry in achieving IMO decarbonization objectives and developing digital classification services,” noted Dr Gu Hai, ABS Vice President, Singapore Innovation and Research Center.

“The MPA is the perfect partner as we look to build on this work and further enhance Singapore’s status as a global maritime hub able to meet the demands of tomorrow’s marine industry.”


Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 23 October, 2020

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