Singapore to Get New Technology Preventing Ship Collisions

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…As India signs 6 MOUs/Agreements with Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, following PM Modi’s Stockholm visit ***

Fujitsu Limited, Singapore Management University (SMU), and A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) have teamed up on developing new technologies for vessel traffic management in the Port of Singapore, with the support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

These predictive technologies will use artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analytics to optimize the management of Singapore’s port and surrounding waters, which sees an immense volume of seaborne trade and traffic, the partners said in a joint statement.

The technologies will also be validated using real-world data to improve the forecasting of congestion and identification of potential collisions and other risk hotspots before they occur at sea.

The research and development for these new maritime technologies have been conducted under the guidance of the Urban Computing and Engineering Centre of Excellence (UCE CoE), a public-private partnership consisting of the Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), SMU, and Fujitsu, that was established in 2014. The outcomes of the research, as well as the practical knowledge and experience gained through the project trials, will be integrated into Fujitsu’s future maritime solutions.

As a result of the collaboration between Fujitsu, IHPC, and SMU, technologies which are being developed include prediction models, risk and hotspot calculation models and intelligent coordination models.

As explained, these technologies will eventually be integrated and test-bedded for their potential to enhance navigational safety, such as the ability to detect and recognize a near-miss risk prior to the event by combining short-term trajectory prediction with risk calculation. Another target is to forecast and mitigate the dynamically changing hotspot before it is generated by integrating long-term traffic forecasts, hotspot calculation, and intelligent coordination models.

“As Singapore develops future capabilities that will enhance our port operations, research and innovation will remain key to the maritime industry. As part of the recently launched Sea Transport Industry Transformation Map, MPA is supportive of collaborations among local Institutes of Higher Learning and technology companies to explore new technologies that will raise the standards of navigational safety within the Port of Singapore,” Capt. M Segar, Assistant Chief Executive (Operations), MPA, commented.

“Multi-agent technology has been used extensively in coordinating the movements of unmanned aerial vehicles and unmanned ground vehicles. In this project with MPA, SMU is breaking new grounds in research by proposing a next generation maritime traffic coordination technology that is akin to air traffic control, yet respecting major differences and constraints between air and sea navigation. With the advent of autonomous ships, this technology can potentially disrupt vessel traffic management to reduce human errors and improve navigational safety,” Professor Lau Hoong Chuin, SMU’s Lab Director and Lead Investigator of the UCE CoE, said.

Meanwhile, India and Sweden signed six agreements on the sidelines of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s three-nation tour which began from Monday night. In the first bilateral visit by an Indian premier to the Nordic nation in 30 years, PM Modi is on a five-day visit to three European countries – Sweden, United Kingdom, and Germany.

Following his landing in Stockholm, PM Modi was greeted by his Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven. Later, the Prime Minister met the Indian diaspora outside a hotel in Sweden.

India and Sweden jointly organised the India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm on Tuesday, which was also attended by the prime ministers of Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland.

Later, PM Modi flew to the UK where he will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and hold bilateral talks with his British counterpart Theresa May.

On Wednesday evening, PM Modi will address “Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath” in a globally broadcast live event from the historic Central Hall Westminster in London, following in the footsteps of speakers such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.

According to the Europe India Forum, the organisers of Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath, the Indian prime minister will address people of all nationalities.

World Maritime News with additional report from Zee