Singapore Maritime Institute and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden to collaborate in Maritime Research

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

Singapore Maritime Institute and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden to collaborate in Maritime Research

Under the three-year MoU, both RISE and SMI will work together to identify common R&D areas of interest in four broad areas of maritime informatics, supply chain innovation and efficiency, decarbonisation and sustainability, and safety and security.

Commenting on the arrangement, Swedish Ambassador Kent Härstedt said:

“RISE and the Singapore Maritime Institute are two organisations with a solid track record on sustainability and innovation. This collaboration marks a great milestone responding to organisational, human, and societal concerns now and for the future.”

Pia Sandvik, CEO of RISE, added:

“Sweden has a large business cluster in Singapore with around 300 companies present. Promoting maritime research is vital to our innovation capacity. I am very happy to see this Memorandum of Understanding with SMI and I look forward to the results of our cooperation.”

Professor Mikael Lind, Senior Strategic Research Advisor of RISE, also praised the collaboration, saying it “would contribute to enhanced efficiency, sustainability and resilience for the global transport and maritime industry.”

Following the MoU signing, RISE and SMI will organise a virtual workshop where experts and researchers from RISE and SMI, together with industry representatives from both countries, will meet to identify applicational areas of collaboration, in particular those that may be empowered by digitalisation.

“The global maritime industry is on a digitalisation journey, leveraging on technology to enhance efficiencies and innovation. There is also a commitment on developing sustainable pathways towards decarbonisation. SMI is pleased to partner with like-minded institute such as RISE, to develop synergies and concrete projects in the four identified areas of R&D which will address some of the key challenges and opportunities posed by digitalisation and decarbonisation trends,” said Mr Wong Weng Sun, Chairman of SMI Board and Governing Council.

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

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