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2018 April 25 11:09

Keppel Offshore & Marine signs MOU with MPA and TCOMS to jointly develop autonomous vessels

Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine, Singapore (TCOMS) to jointly develop autonomous vessels for a variety of applications including undertaking harbour operations such as channelling, berthing, mooring and towing operations.

In the context of ports, the development and application of remote or autonomous vessels could potentially automate operations and enhance safety and productivity. Such developments and pilot projects will contribute to Singapore's experience and act as demand drivers for local capability development in selected areas.

Keppel O&M will use its remote vessel monitoring and analytics programme, VesselCareTM, as the base platform in the initial phase to develop autonomous vessels. VesselCareTM is able to perform data consolidation, condition based monitoring and maintenance, mining and analytics of vessels.

During the advanced stages of monitoring and controlling a vessel, the project will develop a Digital Twin of the tug which will simulate vessel behaviour to help optimise the vessel operations using data analytics and visualisation tools. TCOMS will provide expertise in coupled physical-numerical modelling and simulation to evolve solutions that improve on the predictability and control of the behaviour and response of the vessel.

As the maritime industry moves towards leveraging technology to produce more autonomous vessels & operations that is safer, faster, and more cost-effective, one potential application is the regional harbour fleet of crafts including tug boats, pilot boats and ferries, among others.

About Keppel Offshore & Marine
Keppel O&M is a global leader in offshore rig design, construction and repair, specialised shipbuilding, as well as ship repair and conversion. It integrates and harnesses the experience and expertise of yards and offices in 15 countries to be near customers and markets.

About Maritime Port Authority of Singapore
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was established on 2 February 1996, with the mission to develop Singapore into as a premier global hub port and international maritime centre ("IMC"), and to advance and safeguard Singapore's strategic maritime interests. As the driving force behind Singapore's port and maritime development, MPA partners the industry and other agencies to enhance safety, security and environmental protection in our port waters, facilitate port operations and growth, and promote maritime R&D and manpower development and develop thought leadership to maintain Singapore as an International Maritime Centre and develop Singapore as a green and sustainable next generation port.
 
About Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine, Singapore
TCOMS is a national Centre of Excellence established by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) to spur research excellence and advance Singapore's Marine & Offshore Engineering (M&OE) industry. The Centre is also supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), and seeks to develop and validate innovative concepts and solutions for M&OE operations. Through strategic global partnerships with industry and research institutions, TCOMS aims to push frontiers in the development of safe, reliable and sustainable future systems for mankind. A key feature of TCOMS is a next-generation Ocean Basin with forefront simulation capabilities, including smart sensing and integrated physical-numerical-data driven modelling.