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SMW 2023: Joint opening ceremony held for MarineTech Conference and Sea Asia Exhibition

Sea Asia will feature more than 10 national pavilions, as well as zones dedicated to specific areas such as bunker fuels and lubricants, decarbonisation solutions, and marine supplies.

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Tuesday (25 April) said the MarineTech Conference was opened by Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport. 

Held from 25 to 26 April 2023 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, the conference brings together more than 50 global industry speakers from 16 countries to discuss challenges and innovation opportunities, share insights on emerging technologies, and identify ways to accelerate maritime transformation.  

Topics on smart ports and ships, green and digital shipping corridors, innovation and start-ups, decarbonisation and green technologies, maritime cybersecurity, and technologies to empower seafarers, was discussed across 14 panel and speaker sessions. 

Key overseas speakers include Francis Zachariae, Secretary-General, International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), as well as representatives of major shipping companies, innovation and venture capital players and industry associations such as International Association of Ports and Harbours and the Digital Container Shipping Association.

MOU Signings at MarineTech Conference 

MPA and PSA Singapore renewed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Port Technology Research and Development Programme. As part of the MoU, MPA and PSA will each commit $12 million to support transformative R&D projects. 

The conference also hosted the signing of other MoUs and agreements between industry partners including:

  • ZEBOX co-innovation agreement with Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore, PSA unboXed and Synergy Marine Group to develop game-changing solutions with startups for operational efficiency, assets optimisation and decarbonisation, workflow automation, and future of work;
  • Master Agreement Framework for Maritime AI Research Programme led by A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing to drive industry transformation and adoption of maritime AI solutions; and
  • MoU by Coastal Sustainability Alliance and its new partners to support decarbonisation of Singapore’s domestic harbour craft sector by developing an electric vessel ecosystem, including charging stations, marine logistics and services, as well as workforce upgrading.

Sea Asia 2023

Sea Asia 2023 was opened today by Mr Baey Yam Keng, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Sustainability and Environment & Ministry of Transport. Organised in conjunction with Singapore Maritime Week, Sea Asia is a flagship tradeshow held biennially to provide a platform for industry professionals to connect, collaborate, and explore the latest trends shaping the future of the maritime industry. 

From 25-27 April 2023, the 9th edition of Sea Asia will see over 300 exhibitors from more than 70 participating countries showcasing innovative solutions across the maritime value chain. The event will feature more than 10 national pavilions, as well as zones dedicated to specific areas such as marine fuels and lubricants, decarbonisation solutions, and marine supplies. Within the MarineTech zone, the PIER71™pavilion featured various R&D and technology solutions developed by maritime enterprises, start-ups and technology developers under the PIER71™ programme.

One such exhibitor is SunGreenH2, a Singapore based cleantech start-up that had won a Special Mention in the 2022 edition of PIER71’s™ Smart Port Challenge for its proposal on their hydrogen producing electrolysers. Since then, it has secured opportunities to pilot their high-performance electrolyser on Jurong Island, which is able to produce two times more green hydrogen from purified water at 10% lower energy consumption. Beyond Singapore, the start-up will be deploying their first commercial electrolysers with Spain’s Naturgy Innovahub and has also been invited by the Hamburg Government to demonstrate their electrolyser at the German Aerospace Research Institute ZAL in May 2023. 

The tradeshow will also offer a unique opportunity and space for attendees to participate in knowledge-sharing sessions and dialogues led by industry professionals. Titled “Knowledge Sharing Theatre’, there will be more than 25 presentations and product demonstrations led by exhibitors over three days. 

Port Authorities Chief Information Officers Cybersecurity Network (PACC-Net)

In conjunction with the Singapore Maritime Week 2023, an inaugural table-top exercise (TTX) for the Port Authorities Chief Information Officers Cybersecurity Network (PACC-Net) will be held on 27 April 2023 to test and exercise the information sharing protocols. 

The TTX will involve Chief Information Officers and Chief Information Security Officers from international port operators and authorities including MPA, Montreal Port Authority, National Ports Agency of Morocco, Port Klang Authority, Port of Seattle, and Tanger Med Special Agency (Port Authority). The TTX will simulate a ransomware affecting multiple ports across regions, and PACC-Net members will work out a collaborative response to share critical information early and manage the ransomware.

The proposal for PACC-Net was tabled by MPA at the 5th edition of the Port Authorities Roundtable in Kobe, Japan in 2019 and launched in October 2020. The PACC-Net aims to enhance cybersecurity awareness within the maritime sector and facilitate early sharing of cyber information to counter potential maritime cyber security threats. These collaborations are important as the industry become more digitalised and connected as a cyber incident in one place can quickly impact the supply chain globally.  

Note: The full list of MoUs signed by industry partners during MarineTech Conference can be found here and details on SMW 2023 can be viewed here.   

 

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 26 April, 2023

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MAN Energy Solutions opens largest service hub in Singapore

New facility able to meet demand for repairs, maintenance and training services for MAN Energy Solutions’ alternative-fuel engines, such as two-stroke methanol dual-fuel engines.

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Singapore on Friday (1 March) welcomed the opening of MAN Energy Solutions’ new mixed purpose facility today that will expand their local business activities.

MAN Energy Solutions is one of the global engine makers of alternative-fuel engines, and is driving the maritime energy transition by enabling the use of cleaner fuels in ships around the world.

Located in Tuas, MAN Energy Solutions' EUR 20 mil (SGD30 mil) investment will include a new MAN PrimeServ training academy for customers and employees, a logistics centre to serve as the warehouse for Asia, and a PrimeServ workshop to provide maintenance and repair services, including for MAN Energy Solutions’ alternative-fuel engines.

The new facility will serve as the largest service hub for MAN Energy Solutions’ activities and engagements outside of Europe, and will allow shipowners and ship managers to gain round-the-clock access to technical services for MAN Energy Solutions products such as repairs and maintenance of their alternative-fuel two-stroke engines, reduce turnaround times for ships due to quicker access to spare parts, and providing training for seafarers on the safe operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of all MAN Energy Solutions equipment.

The new facility would also be timely to cater to the demand for repairs, maintenance and training services for MAN Energy Solutions’ alternative-fuel engines, such as the two-stroke methanol dual-fuel engines that are already available and for the two-stroke ammonia dual-fuel engines that are currently in development.

The mixed-purpose facility was launched by Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment.

SMS Khor said: “MAN Energy Solutions has been a long-time partner for Maritime Singapore since its establishment here in 1977. I am heartened that MAN Energy Solutions has placed a strong vote of confidence in Singapore by setting up its second hub outside of Europe here, setting the stage for collaboration in maritime decarbonisation, digitalisation, and talent development.”

“The expansion of MAN Energy Solutions’ workshop and warehouse activities will provide much needed capacity to support the maintenance of ocean-going vessels that adopt engines fuelled by new marine fuels.”

“MAN Energy Solutions' expanded training academy will also support Singapore's drive to upskill and reskill of our workforce, to build confidence for maritime workers to safely handle new marine fuels. I look forward to many more years of meaningful collaboration, especially in these emerging areas.”

Dr Uwe Lauber, CEO MAN Energy Solutions, said, “With over 9,000 square metres of floor space, Singapore is our largest hub outside of Europe in what is one of the most important maritime centres globally. We intend for this mixed-purpose facility to advance the maritime energy transition locally through education, logistics, and a comprehensive after-sales portfolio. Ultimately, we are ‘moving big things to zero’ and leading our customers towards a multi-fuel, decarbonised future.”

Mr Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive Officer of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, said, “As the world’s largest bunkering port and major transhipment hub, Singapore is committed to the maritime digitalisation and the green transition. We have been long-time partners with MAN Energy Solutions and have been working closely together in various methanol and ammonia shipping consortiums and also in skills development.”

“MAN Energy Solutions’ new maintenance and training facility here will add deep expertise and experience to the growing and vibrant new fuels ecosystem here and also upskilling of our maritime workforce, especially in the area of new methanol and ammonia engines.”

Nicolas Brabeck, Managing Director, MAN Energy Solutions, Singapore, said: “This new facility represents one of the biggest investments that we have made outside of our product centres within recent years. It forms a key part of our company’s Triple 10+ business strategy that aims for growth through green technologies. In this context, we intend to equip our personnel with the right skillsets to handle the new technologies coming online and drive our business forward. We therefore expect to significantly increase staff numbers on-site to some 400 people by 2027, and look forward to cultivating great relationships with our customers and the various, Singaporean authorities.”

MAN Energy Solutions’ Singapore office is its largest service hub outside Europe, and currently employs 250 staff.

 

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 4 March 2024

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Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union launches upgraded Wavelink Maritime Simulation Centre

Centre includes new dual-fuel engine simulators, offering realistic training scenarios to prepare seafarers for the evolving maritime landscape and the shift to cleaner bunker fuels.

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Singapore Maritime Officers'​ Union launched the newly upgraded Wavelink Maritime Simulation Centre (WMSC), according to Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Thursday (29 February).

The SGD 2.75 million facility includes new dual-fuel engine simulators, offering realistic training scenarios to prepare seafarers for the evolving maritime landscape and the shift to cleaner fuels, in line with industry sustainability goals.

The WMSC was unveiled by Minister Grace Fu, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment at SMOU’s seminar titled Advancing Maritime Resilience: No One is Left Behind.

The seminar, focusing on transition and training, aimed to reinforce shared responsibility, empower the maritime workforce through training, and champion sustainability without disadvantaging stakeholders in achieving #netzero emissions by 2050.

MPA's Assistant Chief Executive (Corporate & Strategy) Hoe Soon Tan participated in a panel discussion on "Prioritising a 'Just Transition", addressing strategies to bridge skill gaps and ensure a smooth and equitable transition for all seafarers.

 

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 4 March 2024

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Singapore: EPS orders ammonia, LNG dual-fuel vessels from China

EPS signed one contract for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International.

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Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Wednesday (28 February) said it signed two new contract orders in a signing ceremony in Shanghai, one for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International. 

The contracts signed cover four 210,000 dwt ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers and two 111,000 dwt LNG dual-fuel LR2 oil tankers, expanding our fleet of green vessels on water. 

“These are pivotal for EPS, testament to our continued commitment towards the decarbonisation of shipping,” EPS said in a social media post.

Manifold Times recently reported EPS signing a contract for its first ever wind-assisted propulsion system, partnering with bound4blue to install three 22-metre eSAILs® onboard the Pacific Sentinel

The turnkey ‘suction sail’ technology, which drags air across an aerodynamic surface to generate exceptional propulsive efficiency, will be fitted later this year, helping the 183-metre, 50,000 DWT oil and chemical tanker reduce overall energy consumption by approximately 10%, depending on vessel routing.

Related: Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker

 

Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 1 March 2024

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