SINGAPORE: The Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is looking to boost its productivity and enhance safety by introducing autonomous harbor ships.
The Port authority has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) and the Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine, Singapore (TCOMS) to jointly develop autonomous vessels.
The vessels would be used for a variety of applications including harbor operations such as channeling, berthing, mooring and towing operations.
“Our partnership with Keppel O&M and NUS TCOMS allows us to test the operations of autonomous vessels such as harbor tugs in our port waters as well as the interface between such vessels and our future vessel traffic management systems. As one of the world’s busiest ports, Singapore provides an excellent test-bed for autonomous systems which will have to meet the highest standards of safety and security,” Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA, said.