MPA, SSA ink deal to boost maritime cybersecurity in Singapore

The agreement will put up a Maritime Cybersecurity Roundtable.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) will work together to improve the cybersecurity of the maritime sector in the Lion City.

In its announcement, MPA said it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with SSA, which will set up a Maritime Cybersecurity Roundtable where attendees will recommend initiatives to enhance maritime cybersecurity. 

Those who also signed the MOU are BW Maritime Pte Ltd, Eastport Maritime Pte Ltd, Ocean Network Express Pte Ltd, Orient Maritime Agencies Pte Ltd, Pacific Carriers Limited, Pacific International Lines Pte Ltd, and Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd.

A roundtable for maritime cybersecurity collaboration will be held later this 2022.

The MOU was signed during the Singapore Maritime Technology Conference, the MarineTech Conference, which ran from 5 to 6 April 2022.

During the conference, Senior Minister of State for Transport Chee Hong Tat announced the launch of the Maritime Singapore Additive Manufacturing Landscape Report, which provides a roadmap for firms to look for new practices in additive manufacturing.

The report, the first publication of MPA with the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster and Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), has an overview of maritime additive manufacturing capabilities in Singapore and shares learning points from previous trials and adoption processes.

As Singapore strives to become a MarineTech ecosystem, Chee said they aim to make Singapore’s MarineTech into Silicon Valley, the world’s largest technology hub.

“With support from our tripartite partners and research institutions over the years, Singapore is now home to a thriving MarineTech ecosystem. We will build on this momentum to achieve our aspiration of becoming the Silicon Valley for MarineTech, focusing on digitalisation, innovation, and partnerships,” he said.

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