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SMW 2021: MPA unveils programs to step up Maritime Innovation in Singapore

MPA will push for wider industry adoption of digitalisation initiatives such as eBL and electronic bunker delivery notes to drive productivity for the sector.

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A new Maritime Innovation and Technology (MINT) Fund grant scheme was announced by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Tuesday (20 April) at the 5th Singapore Maritime Technology Conference (SMTC). The grant will provide maritime technology start-ups in Singapore a leg-up to develop scalable solutions.

In addition, the MPA will push for wider industry adoption of digitalisation initiatives such as electronic bills of lading (eBL) and electronic bunker delivery notes (eBDN) to drive productivity for the sector.

These developments were announced on Tuesday itself by Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Transport, at the SMTC. The SMTC is one of the key events organised in the Singapore Maritime Week 2021.

It was also announced that the MPA has allocated SGD 10 million (USD 7.5 million) from the MINT Fund to support the growth and development of maritime technology start-ups in Singapore. Under this expanded effort, MPA will also develop a digital technology marketplace and a start-up playbook.

The marketplace will connect maritime and venture capital companies with start-ups and facilitate discovery of solutions. The start-up playbook serves as a comprehensive guide for start-ups to springboard into Singapore tapping on schemes and support programmes relating to talent, capital and R&D resources.

As part of this endeavor, MPA will introduce a new grant scheme called MINT-STARTUP. Start-ups that have completed the PIER71 or relevant maritime acceleration programmes in Singapore can apply for a grant of up to SGD 50,000 to pilot their projects. Promising start-ups looking to scale up their offerings or projects can also apply for a project grant of up to SGD100,000.

PIER71 is a joint maritime innovation ecosystem between the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and the National University of Singapore through its entrepreneurial arm, NUS Enterprise.

Additionally, MPA also announced the successful completion of an eBL trial which demonstrated the interoperability between different digital trade platforms.

In January 2021, Singapore and the Netherlands completed a shipment where an eBL “shadowed” a live shipment from Qui Nhon, Vietnam to Rotterdam, the Netherlands via transhipment in Singapore.

The trial showed that there were significant time savings in the BL documentation process from an average of six to ten days when using a hardcopy to less than 24 hours when using an eBL.

This successful trial also marks one of the first title transfers, across different digital platforms, which was facilitated by TradeTrust, an open-standard digital utility to enable interoperability.

To catalyse adoption of eBLs, MPA is issuing a call-for-proposal (CFP) to develop and pilot eBL solutions that are based on open standards and meeting the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Model Law on Electronic Transferable Records (MLETR) framework.

Bringing together industry partners and solution providers, MPA noted the projects must be able to demonstrate benefits such as manpower savings and lowered fraud risk in commercial use cases. The Infocomm Media Development Authority and the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) will be supporting this call.

MPA has also announced additions to the digitalOCEANS™ initiative focused on shaping and harmonising global data standards for maritime digitalisation. Senior Minister Chee welcomed the participation of DCSA, which will be joining MPA and other existing international partners in this key project.

As an industry body representing nine of the top container liners in the world and accounting for about 70% of the global container trade, DCSA will contribute cargo and vessel operational data standards, offering a boost towards interoperability of digital maritime platforms.

All partners will work on data harmonisation and target to jointly publish a set of API specifications for sharing across the international maritime community by end 2021.

This year’s SMTC also saw the signing of the 4th Memorandum of Understanding between MPA and PSA International on the Port Technology R&D programme. The programme aims to accelerate technology research, development and facilitate live trials in the areas of automated container port systems, advanced port optimisation techniques and green port technologies for application in existing container terminals and the new Tuas Port.

The programme will also uplift capabilities of the local port ecosystem including small and medium enterprises and research institutes. The MOU was signed at the SMTC by MPA Chief Executive, Quah Ley Hoon and PSA International Regional Chief Executive Officer (South East Asia), Ong Kim Pong, and witnessed by Senior Minister Chee and Niam Chiang Meng, Chairman, MPA and Tan Chong Meng, Group Chief Executive Officer, PSA International.

MPA also announced the extension of its Memorandum of Understanding with the Research Council of Norway (RCN) for an 8th term. Under the terms of the MOU, RCN and MPA will jointly support research in Maritime Digitalisation and Sustainable Shipping and organise the International Maritime-Port Technology and Development Conference.

This MOU will encourage maritime research institutes in Singapore and Norway to grow partnerships with maritime technology companies in both countries and to develop new capabilities.

This year’s SMTC takes place from Tuesday, 20 April to Thursday, 22 April and will be a hybrid conference featuring physical events at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre as well as virtual events taking place online.

The key focus of the conference is on critical issues facing the maritime industry, including industry transformation, digitalisation and decarbonisation, cyber resilience and the impact on ships and ports, as well as the growth of the start-ups in the sector and access to financing by industry players.

Close to 1,000 C-suite and senior executives from the maritime industry, R&D and tech community, start-up ecosystem and venture capitalists are expected to participate in the three-day conference both in-person and online.

More information on the CFP to develop eBL solutions is available here.  

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As part of SMTC’s opening, a panel discussed Singapore’s vision for digital transformation, moderated by Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive, MPA.

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HE Anita Nergaard, Ambassador of Norway to Singapore and Mr Per Christer Lund, Science and Technology Counsellor, Innovation Norway, representing RCN.

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MOU was signed by MPA Chief Executive, Ms Quah Ley Hoon and PSA International Regional Chief Executive Officer (South East Asia), Mr Ong Kim Pong, and witnessed by Mr Chee and Mr Niam Chiang Meng, Chairman, MPA and Mr Tan Chong Meng, Group Chief Executive Officer, PSA International.


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Published: 21 April, 2021

 

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Singapore: TotalEnergies Marine Fuels completes first digital bunker operation with MOL

TotalEnergies adopted Bunkerchain’s eBDN system, Touch and Sail, and subsequently supplied marine fuel to MOL-owned car carrier “Swallow Ace” on 2 February.

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TotalEnergies Marine Fuels on Thursday (29 February) said it conducted its first digital bunker delivery for Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) in Singapore.

TotalEnergies adopted Bunkerchain’s eBDN system, Touch and Sail, and subsequently supplied fuel to a MOL-owned car carrier, Swallow Ace, on 2 February, successfully issuing an eBDN in the process.

The transaction was also successfully transmitted to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore through the digital bunkering platform.

The operation places TotalEnergies Marine Fuels among the first bunkering companies in the world to digitalise its fuelling operations.

Louise Tricoire, Vice President of TotalEnergies Marine Fuels, said: “We are really proud of this achievement which not only improves the efficiency of our bunkering operations but ensures our processes are fit for purpose as the shipping industry transitions to a decarbonised future.”

“This operation keeps us ahead of regulatory requirements in Singapore and demonstrates our commitment to sustainability in the maritime sector and our approach to supporting our customers in their operations.”

Digitalizing bunkering eliminates the risk of human errors and saves on paperwork conducted during the operation by a number of people at varying times, some of which involves physical contact by crews from vessel to vessel as signatures are gathered and documents swapped. Just under 40,000 man-days a year could be saved by the industry by digitising bunkering, according to the MPA.

TotalEnergies Marine Fuels has been working with Bunkerchain since late 2022 when the two companies were involved in a biofuels bunkering trial directed by the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonization (GCMD). As part of that trial, TotalEnergies Marine Fuels partnered with the Jurong Port Universal Terminal (JPUT) and Bunkerchain to issue Electronic Certificates of Quantity (E-CQ) and Electronic Certificates of Quality (E-COQ).

Furthermore since 2020, TotalEnergies has been at the forefront as one of the earliest suppliers to commence issuing e-BDNs for its LNG bunker operations in Europe, utilising its chartered bunker vessels, the Gas Agility and Gas Vitality. Both vessels are owned by MOL.

 

Photo credit: MarineTraffic / Philippe Guichot
Published: 4 March 2024

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Kongsberg Digital and Royston combine electronic marine fuel management systems

Combined solution allows customers to maximise investment in fuel sensors by extending their use across the full range of Vessel Insight’s applications.

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A partnership enabling ship owners to optimise fuel consumption, enhance transparency, and promote decarbonisation of vessel operations by combining Kongsberg Digital's Vessel Insight with enginei – Royston's Electronic Fuel Management System was started on Tuesday (27 February).

Royston, with over 40 years of experience in marine engineering, has established itself as a trusted service provider to blue-chip customers across various market sectors. With a global presence, enginei is used in more than 300 vessels worldwide. This modular and solution-oriented fuel management product incorporates advanced tools to provide valuable insights to ship crew and onshore operational staff.

enginei offers reliable data and dynamic reports, which are recorded and visually represented on a touchscreen bridge display and online dashboard. By reducing fuel consumption, enginei helps improve the carbon footprint and enhances the bottom line, enabling clients to remain competitive, compliant, and cost-efficient.

The combined solution of Vessel Insight, Kongsberg Digital's vessel-to-cloud infrastructure, and enginei exemplifies the power of industry collaboration. The combined solution allows customers to maximise their investment in fuel sensors by extending their use across the full range of Vessel Insight’s applications. As regulations and industry demand more accurate fuel consumption data, our combined solution delivers a reliable and centralised source of important information, fulfilling reporting needs and enabling data-driven decision-making.

"This partnership between Kongsberg Digital and Royston represents a significant milestone in the maritime industry's digital transformation journey. By harnessing the power of data and advanced technology together, we will help ship owners make more informed decisions, enhance efficiency, and contribute to lower carbon emissions in the maritime industry.", said Kim Evanger, Director of Ecosystem P&A at Kongsberg Digital,

"We are excited about the opportunities this partnership brings," said Sarah Wade, CEO of Royston Limited. "By leveraging our respective strengths and capabilities, we are well-positioned to deliver unparalleled value to our clients, enabling them to remain competitive and achieve sustainable growth in today's dynamic market."

"By working together, we are accelerating innovation, reducing carbon emissions, and equipping our clients to thrive in an increasingly digital environment. This collaboration is a prime example of our devotion to helping our clients succeed and our commitment to quality."

 

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Published: 1 March 2024

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Wärtsilä introduces ammonia bunker fuel supply system for vessels

AFSS is an innovative and reliable system that enables the use of ammonia as a marine fuel, says firm.

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Wärtsilä introduces ammonia bunker fuel supply system for vessels

Wärtsilä Gas Solutions, part of technology group Wärtsilä, on Tuesday (27 February) introduced an Ammonia Fuel Supply System (AFSS) for ships able to operate with ammonia as a bunker fuel. The system is available for both liquid and gaseous fuel.

The Wärtsilä AFSS is an innovative and reliable system that enables the use of ammonia as a marine fuel.

In line with shipping’s transition to decarbonised fuels, ammonia is widely seen as one of the most promising new fuel candidates.

It offers a huge reduction in CO2 emissions, almost zero sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions, and similar reductions in nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions.

“At Wärtsilä Gas Solutions we have more than 50 years’ experience in handling ammonia onboard ships,” said Stein Thoresen, Head of Sales Marine, Wärtsilä Gas Solutions.

“This experience, along with our deep understanding and development of high efficiency cargo handling systems in general, has led to the introduction of this system, which we see as a key enabler for decarbonised operations. The AFSS is designed to be robust and reliable, under even the most challenging sea conditions.”

The AFSS is suitable for both newbuilds and as a retrofit for existing vessels. It can be installed as an integrated cargo handling and fuel supply system on ships carrying liquified gas especially those able to trade ammonia as cargo, such as VLGC’s and MGC’s.

It can also be installed as a self-standing fuel supply system on IGF-coded vessels with either low or high-pressure systems, or a combination of both.

A system consisting of pumps and heat exchangers is used to supply the engine with a stable and reliable fuel flow, at the correct pressure and temperature.

The AFSS systems are equipped with proven components, including the necessary purge gas treatment system. Due to the need for high cleanness of the fuel, proper filtering is installed upstream and is embedded in the system.

The first Wärtsilä Ammonia Fuel Supply Systems will be installed on two new gas carriers being built at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) in Korea for Exmar LPG. These Medium Gas Carrier newbuilds will be the first ever oceangoing vessels to be propelled by dual-fuel engines capable of operating with ammonia.

 

Photo credit: Wärtsilä
Published: 29 February 2024

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