New Singapore research centre to help develop sustainable operations

01 Nov 2017
Phase 1 of the Tuas Terminal

Singapore's port in Tuas will seek to use cleaner and alternative energy sources

A SGD$15m research centre to develop innovative and sustainable solutions for Singapore’s maritime industry has been launched.

The Maritime Energy and Sustainable Development (MESD) Centre of Excellence, funded by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI), will focus on future port and shipping applications in energy and emissions management and sustainable maritime operations.

Professor Lam Khin Yong, NTU’s acting provost, chief of staff and vice president for research, said: “This partnership will see the development of greener solutions for the shipping industry so as to cut down emissions for a more sustainable maritime industry. It will also groom future maritime researchers who will continue to push the boundaries of innovation.”

Reducing emissions

The centre will work on joint projects to develop innovations to reduce harmful ship emissions and to help shipping companies comply with anticipated changes in international regulations in the maritime industry.

This is the first maritime research centre supported by SMI as part of its efforts to deepen research capabilities while developing a long-term pool of quality maritime researchers in Singapore.

Anticipated to become operational by the end of the year, the centre will work closely with companies to ensure the research and technologies it works with will meet industry requirements.

Tuas development

Andrew Tan, chief executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), commented: “As we develop our Next Generation Port in Tuas, it opens up new opportunities for us to explore cleaner and alternative energy sources…”

SMI will contribute up to SGD$10m for funding of the centre, NTU will contribute SGD$4m and another SGD$1m will come from NTU’s industry partners.