Drones, Decarbonisation and Digiports: our report live from Singapore Maritime Week

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Singapore Maritime Week is well underway with various, mostly virtual, events taking place over the course of this week as Ros Blazejczyk reports.

At Solis Marine, we were really interested to attend the Singapore Maritime Technology Conference which is being run as a hybrid event meaning the return, to some extent, of actual face-to-face conferencing. It is great to see Singapore leading the way with this alternative solution to fully virtual events. And we would say the hybrid concept was a great success, for the first morning at least…. more on that later.

The headline events started with the unveiling of new measures to support Singapore’s vision of becoming the Silicon Valley of the maritime world, which include SGD10m in MPA funding to support start-ups in maritime.

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Singapore also announced the provision of safe test spaces to trial new technology, such as the Drone Estate at Marina South. F-Drones are already using UAVs to deliver payloads of up to 5 kilos to vessels in the anchorages; enough to transport small spare parts or bunker samples for example, much more efficient than sending a launch for the same job and with zero emissions.

On the subject of emissions, a new SGD120m Maritime Decarbonisation Centre in Singapore was launched yesterday. Backed by six partners initially (ONE,  DNV, BHP, BW Group, EPS and the MPA), the aim is to expand the collective and also collaborate with other centres such as the Maersk-McKinney Moller Centre for Zero Carbon Shipping.

Collaboration was a key theme throughout the conference. Singapore’s strength as a maritime hub is an ecosystem where the technology and solution providers are connected directly with shipowners and other customers in the same location.

The feeling for many is that everyone is here, or they should and will be here. This is reassuring since Singapore, and the wider Asia Pacific region, is currently the main focus of our expansion at Solis Marine.

We are building on our core services in incident investigationsalvage and wreck removal but also starting to market our engineering expertise which has expanded quickly in the UK driven by green shipping and renewable energy projects as a priority agendas.

As for the in-person element of the conference, the audience of 250 was divided into groups of eight with no mingling outside of that group allowed over the three days – except in the toilets it seemed! That obviously limits the networking opportunities which are arguably as important as the speaker content. Still, it was good to get away from the computer screen and hopefully this is the start of better times to follow.

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