Singapore Maritime Institute and RISE collaborate on maritime research


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Posted on April 7, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. by

The Maritime Executive







[By: The Singapore Maritime Institute]


The Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) and the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in areas of mutual interest on maritime research and development (R&D).


– RISE and the Singapore Maritime Institute are two organizations with a strong track record in sustainability and innovation. This collaboration marks an important step addressing the organizational, human and societal concerns of today and tomorrow, said Swedish Ambassador Kent Härstedt.
Under the three-year MoU, RISE and SMI will work together to identify areas of common R&D interest in four broad areas of maritime computing, innovation and supply chain efficiency. supply, decarbonization and sustainability, as well as safety and security.


– Sweden has a large business cluster in Singapore with around 300 companies present. The promotion of maritime research is essential to our capacity for innovation. I am very happy to see this MoU with SMI and look forward to the results of our cooperation,” said Pia Sandvik, CEO of RISE.


Mr. Tan Cheng Peng, Executive Director of SMI and Prof. Mikael Lind, Senior Strategic Research Advisor of RISE, signed the MoU on the sidelines of the Nordic Maritime Singapore 2022 event held today in at the same time as Singapore Maritime Week. The MoU was attended by Mr. Kent Härstedt, Swedish Ambassador to Singapore and Mr. Wong Weng Sun, Chairman of the Board and SMI Board of Directors.


– This collaboration will help improve the efficiency, sustainability and resilience of the global transport and maritime industry, said Professor Mikael Lind, Senior Strategic Research Advisor at RISE.


– The global maritime industry is on a journey of digitization, leveraging technology to improve efficiency and innovation. There is also a commitment to developing sustainable pathways to decarbonization. SMI is pleased to partner with a like-minded institute such as RISE, to develop synergies and concrete projects in the four identified R&D areas that will address some of the key challenges and opportunities posed by digitalization and decarbonization trends. , said Mr. Wong Weng Sun, Chairman of the Board and the Board of Directors of SMI.


Following the signing of the MoU, RISE and SMI will host a virtual workshop where experts and researchers from RISE and SMI, along with industry representatives from both countries, will meet to identify application areas for collaboration, especially those that could be enhanced by digitization.


– The joint workshop is the first step towards catalysing discussions between SMI, RISE and research partners from both countries. It aims to formulate project ideas and identify common research topics for future joint grant calls. Our Centers of Excellence will also benefit from working with researchers in Sweden as they share their knowledge of the field and explore potential collaboration opportunities, said Mr. Tan Cheng Peng, Executive Director of SMI.



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