The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is continuing to boost innovations in shipping and port operations as its ongoing initiatives seek out new start-ups to develop new talent and ventures for the maritime sector.
Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM), DNV GL, Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) and University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) have entered into a strategic partnership to set the tone for operational and regulatory framework in autonomous shipping.
A packed audience of nearly 200 heard strong opinions as to whether or not the maritime industry is ready to embrace smart shipping at a parliamentary-style debate held on the opening day of the Seatrade Maritime Middle East event in Dubai on Monday.
Wärtsilä has opened a technology Acceleration Centre in Singapore with its first project to develop an autonomous tug, or IntelliTug, in partnership with the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and customer PSA Marine.
Shipowners and managers are embracing new business philosphies and technologies against the challenging economic backdrop the industry faces, but seafarers remain their greatest asset according to KVH Videotel.
A Norwegian start-up, Fostech, part funded by government-backed Innovation Norway, is in the final stages of developing a new ‘mixed reality’ technology with far-reaching implications for ship construction and through-life maintenance and repairs.