MPA looks for cyber security, digital uplift of port operations

MPA looks for cyber security, digital uplift of port operations

Signs agreement with Wärtsilä.

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Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has struck an agreement to collaborate with Wärtsilä on assessing cyber security risks to shipping operations as well as to its own systems.

The agency entered a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Wärtsilä late last week, with a wide-ranging remit stretching from digitisation to cyber security and skills.

Though light on public-facing detail, MPA said that part of what the agreement covers is collaboration “on assessing cyber threats and risks to shipboard systems, ship-shore system communications and MPA’s digital platforms.”

Other parts of the agreement will cover the creation of data exchanges between vessels and port operations that are designed to improve operational efficiency.

“Sharing of data at scale, including real time data, has potentials of unlocking insights to optimise port and vessel operations such as just-in-time planning,” the agency said in a statement.

“It can also greatly enhance data-based value generation, including the development of new capabilities and operational processes. 

“The development of an operational concept for vessels and harbour craft utilising AI-based monitoring, tracking, and incident response, is also planned. 

“Big data from Wärtsilä’s Navi-Port system, MPA’s digital platforms and other relevant sources will be at the core of the algorithms to power the AI.”

MPA separately signed an agreement with “classification societies” throughout Asia, and this includes some cooperation on the “maritime digitalisation”.

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