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Singapore MPA expands MOU with DNV GL to include unmanned ships

Andrew Tan, MPA, and DNV GL’s Remi Eriksen renewed their MOU, witnessed by Josephine Teo, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Ministry of Transport Singapore, and Dilek Ayhan, Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries Andrew Tan, MPA, and DNV GL’s Remi Eriksen renewed their MOU, witnessed by Josephine Teo, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Ministry of Transport Singapore, and Dilek Ayhan, Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has extended its research and development memorandum of understanding (MOU) with DNV GL to include collaboration in autonomous systems and intelligent shipping.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The MOU aims to promote maritime R&D in a variety of areas, including intelligent shipping systems such as autonomous vessels and drones for maritime purposes, or the use of data analytics.

‘Green Ports’ is another area covered, with the organisations aiming to examine the potential environmental gains to be made through the use of energy saving and emission reduction technology in ports, in terms of infrastructure, processes and harbour craft.

The renewed MOU also extends the duration of the collaboration for another three years. The signing ceremony took place at the DNV GL Headquarters in Norway, during a visit by Singapore’s Senior Minister of State Josephine Teo, and was signed between MPA’s chief executive, Andrew Tan and DNV GL’s group president and chief executive officer, Remi Eriksen.

“I am excited to renew the MOU with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore” said Mr Eriksen.

“DNV GL is strongly committed to innovation and promoting new technologies and solutions for safe, efficient and sustainable shipping. Five per cent of our annual group revenue is harvested from a wide set of R&D projects – often together with our customers and trusted partners.”

“In this re-signing of the MOU, we will reinforce and strengthen the good cooperation with the forward looking maritime industry and research institutes in Singapore.”

Andrew Tan of the MPA also added that his organisation is “pleased to renew the MOU with DNV GL to include autonomous technologies, intelligent shipping and data analytics. This is aligned with Singapore’s efforts to keep pace with developments in smart ships and ports as the industry moves towards adopting smarter shipping systems to achieve higher standards of efficiency, productivity and safety.”{/mprestriction}

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