Wärtsilä partners with MPA to promote maritime technologies

Wärtsilä partners with MPA to promote maritime technologies

Wärtsilä has partnered with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to promote maritime innovation and R&D.

The partnership covers four different areas including digital acceleration, cyber-physical security, intelligent vessel and port operations. Wärtsilä and MPA will also support and leverage start-ups and small and medium enterprises in Singapore in these four streams.

Marco Ryan, Chief Digital Officer at Wärtsilä commented: “This partnership with MPA is a great example of how combining digitalisation, ecosystems thinking, and collaboration will benefit the maritime industry and drive tangible value at pace. Our joint focus on innovation, cyber-physical security, intelligent vessels and port integration is not only exciting, but will help us both to accelerate our smart marine strategies.”

The organisations will educate and create awareness on maritime technologies as well as synergise and showcase activities across both the MPA Living Lab and Wärtsilä Digital Acceleration Centre (DAC).

Digital acceleration will focus on building local venturing activities in Singapore. This will be done through co-creation and mentorship with start-ups, and by participating in the Singapore Smart Port Challenge organised by MPA.

Cyber-physical security collaboration will involve working with institutes of higher learning (IHL) and the maritime community on cyber-physical systems for ships. This will create enhanced operational resilience, including aggregating cyber incidents reported by ships to facilitate coordinated incident response and management.

Both organisations will work on developing and field testing intelligent vessel capabilities with local operators, and pathways to safe and sustainable autonomous operations. This will include exploring reliable, secured, and cost-effective data exchange between ports and vessels, supporting just-in-time operations, and value adding applications.

Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said: “We are pleased to work with Wärtsilä on its establishment of a DAC in Singapore as it is aligned with our efforts to promote greater digitalisation of the maritime sector. Together with the MPA Living Lab, we believe that Wärtsilä can bring its strong expertise to bear on autonomous and intelligent systems for shipping and ports.”