Norway’s Minister of Trade and Industry announced the opening of the Ocean Innovation Norwegian Catapult Centre, a new centre to focus on development of new solutions for green growth within the ocean industries. The announcement was made on the sidelines of Siva conference in Trondheim on 5 June.
PIER71 was officially launched by Singapore’s Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health, Dr Lam Pin Min. PIER71 is an industry-wide acceleration programme that supports innovation and encourages the maritime industry to venture into new growth areas through collaboration with technology start-ups.
French shipping company CMA CGM’s startup incubator Ze Box and PSA unboXed have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to drive digitalization and innovation in shipping and supply chain ecosystem. The parties will support the growth of each other’s ecosystem through the collaboration of resources.
INTENS, a Finnish research collaborative consortium, led by the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, has jointly committed over €13 million in the next three years, with funding support of €5.6 million from Business Finland, the public agency for research funding, to promote and digitalize the country’s marine industry.
ECSA welcomed the proposal for the EU budget 2021 – 2027, published earlier this week, which foresees a large increase of the EU budget for Research, Innovation and Digital and for Climate and Environment. ECSA considers this increase could provide resources to support the European shipping industry in its transition to decarbonisation.
The EU research project MITIGATE has been completed and the ambitious goal of designing, developing and implementing a risk assessment and management system for the maritime transport chain in 30 months has been accomplished, according to Be Cyber Aware at Sea campaign.
During the Singapore Maritime Technology Conference, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has signed five Memorandums of Understanding and two Agreements with local and international partners. These agreements aim to enhance Singapore’s connectivity, maritime R&D capabilities and innovation culture.
Port of Antwerp announced that its Deurganck dock is integrating a “smart quay” and an automatic sounding boat, that will make operations and berth maintenance more efficient. As such, Antwerp is laying the foundations for the “smart harbour”, the port of the future where smart technologies are used to make both land-side and water-side operations more efficient.
Shipping industry needs to abandon old-fashioned structures and adapt to the realities of the modern world and the demands of the next generation, argued Frank Coles, CEO, Transas during Transas Global Conference in Vancouver last week. A significant progress in maritime technology was noted in the last 12 months, but real change is yet to come, he added.
MPA Singapore plans to boost connectivity and inter-linkages of Singapore’s maritime cluster, build an innovation ecosystem with a future-ready maritime workforce. MPA will enhance the Maritime Cluster Fund by $100 million in support of a vision for Singapore to be the Global Maritime Hub for Connectivity, Innovation and Talent.
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