The Research Council of Norway (RCN) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) have signed an extension of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on maritime Research and Development (R&D) for three more years.
The MOU allows the RCN and MPA to continue work on the ongoing R&D projects on maritime education and training. It also embarks on new projects focusing on Offshore R&D and Maritime Infocomm Technology (ICT).
The MOU was signed by BG Tay Lim Heng, MPA Chief Executive and Mr. Eirik Normann, RCN Director.
With the Singapore government committing S$7.5 billion to R&D in Science and Technology over the next five years, MPA has also taken steps to boost the growth of maritime R&D in Singapore, especially offshore research.
According to Chief Executive of MPA BG Tay Lim Heng, MPA is committed to developing and promoting the maritime sector.
“Leveraging on R&D and innovation is an important way to keep our industry relevant. The MOU therefore fits in well with Singapore’s focus on research and innovation as key drivers for the Singapore economy,” Heng said.
With Singapore and Norway’s long maritime traditions, the collaboration on specific maritime R&D projects will give rise to new and innovative solutions and tools, and nurture well educated people for the companies and institutions in this field.
Director of the Research Council of Norway Mr. Eirik Normann said: “This MOU fits in well with Norway’s focus on maritime and offshore R&D and with our strategy of international R&D co-operation. By bringing together competence from the business and academia from both Singapore and Norway, knowledge intensive innovations will result”.