February 25, 2024

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Singapore Explores Plans to Develop Maritime Tech, Cybersecurity

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has said it will continue developing industry-wide capabilities by strengthening research and development, piloting maritime technologies (MarineTech), and developing maritime cybersecurity capabilities. This is expected to bolster the country’s resilience and capacity to deal with disruptions.

During the recent MarineTech Conference, MPA signed two memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with industry partners. The MarineTech Conference is held from 5 to 6 April and brings together global industry leaders and stakeholders to speak on key growth areas for investment, emerging technology trends, start-up showcases, and demand outlooks for maritime technology. Experts will also put forward a roadmap on developments in maritime cybersecurity, data analytics, and the latest applications for smart port and shipping automation.

At the conference, the Senior Minister of State for Transport, Chee Hong Tat, announced the launch of the Maritime Singapore Additive Manufacturing Landscape Report to provide a roadmap for companies to experiment with new practices in additive manufacturing. Titled ‘Charting the Way Forward’, the landscape report provides an overview of maritime additive manufacturing capabilities in Singapore and shares learning points from previous trials and adoption processes. This is the first joint publication developed by MPA together with the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster and Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), according to an MPA press statement.

Further, at the event, SSA announced an MoU with MPA and seven industry partners. Under the agreement, a Maritime Cybersecurity Roundtable will be established where participants will recommend initiatives to improve maritime cybersecurity collaboration through information sharing, growing a leading talent pool for maritime cyber skills in Singapore, and facilitating greater awareness and access to maritime cyber solutions and talents. The first roundtable meeting will be held later this year.

At the event, the Sea Transport Industry Development Plan (IDP) was expanded to include all subsectors in Sea Transport, such as ship chandlers, shipbrokers, marine surveyors, ship management, and ship operators. The Sea Transport IDP for Ship Agency, Harbour Craft, and Bunkering was first launched by MPA in 2020 to encourage digital transformation by companies, through a step-by-step guide on digital solutions to adopt at each stage of their growth. It is a joint initiative with the Infocomm Media Development Authority, Enterprise Singapore, and SkillsFuture Singapore as part of the SME Go Digital Programme.

MPA will also extend funding support for the adoption of pre-approved digital solutions beyond 31 December 2022 to benefit-eligible maritime companies on an ongoing basis. With the expansion, more than 3,000 SMEs in the Sea Transport subsectors will be eligible to apply for co-funding.

Tat stated that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of new technologies by businesses and individuals and opened up new collaborations across geographies and sectors. This provides opportunities for MarineTech companies to start-up and scale-up. “With support from our tripartite partners and research institutions over the years, Singapore is now home to a thriving MarineTech ecosystem. We will build on this momentum to achieve our aspiration of becoming the Silicon Valley for MarineTech, focusing on digitalisation, innovation, and partnerships,” he said.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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