Singapore lab works on autonomous vessels

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The new Maritime Innovation Lab (MIL) of Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) is working on the development of autonomous ships that may be put to sea in the near future. The lab was launched on April 9 during Singapore Maritime Week 2019.

Besides experimenting with future technologies, the facility will work towards boosting the sector’s technological capabilities, as well as developing “next-generation port operations”, MPA said in its statement.

“This new developer space will accelerate the development of new operation concepts and systems, and build local technological capabilities in key areas, ensuring that our sea port is future-ready,” MPA added.

One such key area will be the study of autonomous ships. The port authority has set up a cross-agency steering committee to ensure Singapore will be able to receive autonomous ships in the future.

MPA has initiated five autonomous vessel projects worth S$7.2 million ($5.3 million) with various companies, including ST Engineering and Keppel Singmarine.

One project will see ST Engineering, along with Mitsui, MPA and Lloyd’s Register, embark on the world’s largest ocean-going autonomous vessel programme. The programme will steer the sails of a large commercial vessel in the high seas autonomously.

ST Engineering will develop and install perception and navigation modules on the Singapore-flagged car carrier ship, which is expected to sail along a global route. This route will include locations such as the Suez Canal, Panama Canal, the Straits of Malacca and Singapore to provide data, knowledge and test scenarios that could serve as the benchmark for future autonomous programmes.

“As the maritime industry moves towards leveraging technology to develop autonomous vessels and enhance operations in a safer, faster and more cost-effective manner, autonomous ship technology can be transited to other vessel types, with potential applications in the regional harbor fleet of crafts including tug boats, pilot boats and ferries,” said MPA, ST Engineering, Mitsui and Lloyd’s Register in a joint statement.

MPA added that industry partners, research institutes and local universities will be able to use the MIL to develop their own maritime solutions and capabilities.

One such example is that of vessel traffic management, which will be studied via a separate facility, also co-located within the MIL. It was launched by ST Engineering and Kongsberg NorControl.

The S$9.9-million ($7.3-million) lab, to be completed in 2021, will look into the analysis of vessel routes, traffic hotspots prediction and detection of potential collisions.

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The new Maritime Innovation Lab (MIL) of Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) is working on the development of autonomous ships that may be put to sea in the near future. The lab was launched on April 9 during Singapore Maritime Week 2019. Besides experimenting with future technologies, the facility will work towards boosting the sector’s technological capabilities, as well as developing “next-generation port operations”, MPA said in its statement. “This new developer space will accelerate the development of new operation concepts and systems, and build local technological capabilities in key areas, ensuring that our sea port is future-ready,” MPA...

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The new Maritime Innovation Lab (MIL) of Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) is working on the development of autonomous ships that may be put to sea in the near future. The lab was launched on April 9 during Singapore Maritime Week 2019.

Besides experimenting with future technologies, the facility will work towards boosting the sector’s technological capabilities, as well as developing “next-generation port operations”, MPA said in its statement.

“This new developer space will accelerate the development of new operation concepts and systems, and build local technological capabilities in key areas, ensuring that our sea port is future-ready,” MPA added.

One such key area will be the study of autonomous ships. The port authority has set up a cross-agency steering committee to ensure Singapore will be able to receive autonomous ships in the future.

MPA has initiated five autonomous vessel projects worth S$7.2 million ($5.3 million) with various companies, including ST Engineering and Keppel Singmarine.

One project will see ST Engineering, along with Mitsui, MPA and Lloyd’s Register, embark on the world’s largest ocean-going autonomous vessel programme. The programme will steer the sails of a large commercial vessel in the high seas autonomously.

ST Engineering will develop and install perception and navigation modules on the Singapore-flagged car carrier ship, which is expected to sail along a global route. This route will include locations such as the Suez Canal, Panama Canal, the Straits of Malacca and Singapore to provide data, knowledge and test scenarios that could serve as the benchmark for future autonomous programmes.

“As the maritime industry moves towards leveraging technology to develop autonomous vessels and enhance operations in a safer, faster and more cost-effective manner, autonomous ship technology can be transited to other vessel types, with potential applications in the regional harbor fleet of crafts including tug boats, pilot boats and ferries,” said MPA, ST Engineering, Mitsui and Lloyd’s Register in a joint statement.

MPA added that industry partners, research institutes and local universities will be able to use the MIL to develop their own maritime solutions and capabilities.

One such example is that of vessel traffic management, which will be studied via a separate facility, also co-located within the MIL. It was launched by ST Engineering and Kongsberg NorControl.

The S$9.9-million ($7.3-million) lab, to be completed in 2021, will look into the analysis of vessel routes, traffic hotspots prediction and detection of potential collisions.

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