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SMW 2023: A*STAR sets up Centre for Maritime Digitalisation with flagship research on AI tech

26 Apr 2023

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) on Tuesday (25 April) said it has established a Centre for Maritime Digitalisation (A*STAR’s C4MD) to develop advanced digital solutions for smart shipping, port systems and decarbonisation. 

The new centre aims to increase sustainability, safety and efficiency in Singapore’s maritime ecosystem, by translating research capabilities in computational modelling, simulation and artificial intelligence (AI) into deployable maritime solutions.

The centre, led by A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), will partner Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), industry partners and public sector agencies on collaborative research in key areas such as:

  • Studying various scenarios in the electrification of harbour crafts and their impact on infrastructure and operational activities in Singapore waters.
  • Decarbonising the maritime sector with sustainable technologies, for example using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in tidal turbine designs to convert kinetic energy of moving water into green electricity.
  • Conducting CFD-based risk assessments and mitigation for the safe use and storage of alternative fuels.
  • Detecting near-collision events of ship manoeuvring in port waters and providing AI models and explainable outputs to reduce traffic safety risks.
  • Improving efficiency by advancing AI research in areas including Just In Time (JIT) operations, predictive maintenance, emissions monitoring and reduction, and supply chain intelligence.

The Maritime AI Research Programme is a flagship initiative hosted under A*STAR’s C4MD to deploy AI technologies in the maritime industry. The programme is funded by the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI), and will help maritime companies develop the necessary capabilities to implement AI solutions and overcome barriers to adoption.

As part of the Maritime AI Research Programme, A*STAR has inked a master agreement framework with seven industry partners to co-develop AI and other digital technologies for a safer, more efficient and more sustainable maritime industry. The framework was formalised at the MarineTech Conference held as part of the Singapore Maritime Week.  

The seven industry partners are: American Bureau of Shipping, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore, ClassNK, METIS Cyberspace Technology (Singapore) Pte Ltd, MTI Co. Ltd., PSA Marine (Pte) Ltd and ShipsFocus Services Pte Ltd.

Initial projects under the Maritime AI Research Programme include near collision detection, predictive maintenance, launch boat optimisation, and energy consumption prediction.


Photo credit: A*STAR
Published: 26 April, 2023

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