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IBM, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore to collaborate on research

T.C. Seow | Aug. 17, 2015
They will jointly develop and test new analytics-based technologies to improve maritime and port operations.

IBM-MPA signing
Photo: MOU signing between MPA and IBM. Tim Greisinger, Managing Director, IBM Singapore (front, left) and Andrew Tan, Chief Executive, MPA (front, right); witnessed by Janet Ang, Vice President, Systems of Engagement & Smarter Cities, IBM Asia Pacific (back, left) and Lucien Wong, Chairman, MPA (back, right).

IBM and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) today (17 August 2015) announced their partnership to develop and test-bed new analytics-based technologies, aimed at improving maritime and port operations to cater to increasing growth in vessel traffic in Singapore.

To officially seal the collaboration, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the launch of the National Maritime Safety at Sea Council event. The MOU was signed by Tim Greisinger, Managing Director, IBM Singapore; and Andrew Tan, Chief Executive, MPA.

Singapore remains one of the busiest ports in the world and the region, with an estimated 1,000 vessels calling at the Port of Singapore at any one time. Every year, there are about 130,000 vessel calls at the Port of Singapore, which means there is a vessel arriving or leaving Singapore every two to three minutes.

This research collaboration will serve to ease potential traffic congestion and elevate safety standards, securing Singapore’s position as a global hub port and a leading international maritime centre.

As part of the two-year agreement, IBM will create a unified platform to integrate real time data and provide a consistent view of data points across MPA to empower port operators to make more informed decisions. For example, with vessel positional and weather data, the platform will report on any vessel path inferences to avoid accidents.

Using the IBM Traffic Prediction Tool, predictive analytics will be applied to forecast vessel arrival timings and potential traffic congestion. The partnership will also uncover new methods for sense-making and aid in event monitoring to detect unusual behavior of vessels and prevent illegal bunkering through fusion analytics, anomaly detection and data mining, leveraging the IBM Incident Detection Module and IBM System G. These digital capabilities are intended to improve port security and safety.


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