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Maritime Companies To Benefit From MOU Between MPA And A*STAR’s Institute Of High Performance Computing - 19th September 2008



19th September 2008, Singapore – For maritime companies keen to sharpen their competitive edge, help is on the way in the form of a S$3.4 million collaboration between the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), a research institute under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

MPA and IHPC today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at MPA"s 12th Maritime Forum that will enable maritime companies to leverage on IHPC’s Computational Science and Engineering capabilities through a three-year Maritime Research Programme (MRP).

Some research topics of interest to participating companies include the development of advanced designs for semi-submersible jack-up rigs and the application of largescale computational fluid dynamics.

Signed by BG (NS) Tay Lim Heng, Chief Executive, MPA, and Ms Yena Lim, Managing Director, A*STAR, the MOU’s overall objective is to further enhance Singapore’s status as a maritime research and development (R&D) hub.

BG (NS) Tay said, "MPA has been actively promoting maritime R&D and innovation development over the past few years. Today’s MOU brings on board the involvement of a national research institute in the areas of port, shipping, and offshore and marine engineering. We welcome the participation of maritime companies in the programme. In the mid-to-long-term, maritime R&D would bolster the competitive edge of our maritime cluster, as we strive to grow Singapore as an international maritime centre.”

Ms Lim added, “Since its inception 10 years ago, IHPC has collaborated with the maritime industry through specific industry-oriented research projects. Over the past 3 years, IHPC has undertaken over 150 collaborative projects with various industry partners to leverage on IHPC’s visualisation facilities and its multi-disciplinary R&D manpower. Today’s signing marks a consolidated effort to encourage Singapore-based maritime companies to take full advantage of advanced modelling and simulation methods to innovate and optimise on performance of engineering systems.”

For more information, please contact:

Sue Low
Manager, Corporate Communications
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)
DID: (65) 6375 1624
Mobile: (65) 9669 6892

Joanne Tan
Assistant Manager, Corporate Communications
Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC)
DID: (65) 6419 1422
Mobile: (65) 9857 3408

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About MPA"s 12th Maritime Forum

Themed “Developing Singapore as a Maritime Research and Technology Hub”, the 12th Maritime Forum featured speakers such as Sven Ullring, Chairman, Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway, and Torger Reve, Professor Chair, BI Norwegian School of Management. As part of its efforts in developing the Singapore maritime cluster, MPA has been working with key agencies, industry partners, and the research community – both local and foreign – in promoting maritime R&D.

Last year, MPA set up the 3rd Maritime R&D Advisory Panel (MRDAP) comprising leading maritime researchers and industry captains to help chart the strategic directions for Singapore’s maritime R&D sector. Organised by MPA, the 12th Maritime Forum provided the industry platform for the 3rd MRDAP to share their ideas and recommendations for transforming Singapore’s maritime cluster into a maritime knowledge hub.

Mr Ullring is Chairman of the 3rd MRDAP and a Board member of Keppel Corporation. Professor Reve is also a member of MPA"s 3rd MRDAP. The Maritime Forum was held at NTU@One-North Campus on 19th September, and was attended by some 200 participants from Singapore"s maritime cluster and government agencies with an interest in research and technology.

About the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was established on 2 February 1996, with the mission to develop Singapore as a premier global hub port and international maritime centre (IMC), and to advance and safeguard Singapore’s strategic maritime interests. The MPA is the driving force behind Singapore"s port and maritime development, taking on the roles of Port Authority, Port Regulator, Port Planner, IMC Champion, and National Maritime Representative. The MPA partners the industry and other agencies to enhance safety, security and environmental protection in our port waters, facilitate port operations and growth, expand the cluster of maritime ancillary services, and promote maritime R&D and manpower development.

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About the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC)

As a national research institute supported by A*STAR through its Science and Engineering Council (SERC), the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) was established in April 1998 to provide leadership in high performance computing as a strategic resource for scientific inquiry. IHPC seeks to power discoveries through advanced methodologies, techniques and new tools in modelling, simulation and visualisation. Its research focus are in the realm of complex-coupled systems, mechanics and fluid dynamics, large-scale systems, scientific computing and software development, digital modelling, adaptive and collaborative computing, data mining and analyses, computational electronics and electromagnetics, computational material and chemistry.

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About the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

A*STAR is Singapore"s lead agency for fostering world-class scientific research and talent for a vibrant knowledge-based Singapore. A*STAR actively nurtures public sector research and development in Biomedical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, with a particular focus on fields essential to Singapore"s manufacturing industry and new growth industries. It oversees 19 research institutes and units and supports extramural research with the universities, hospital research centres and other local and international partners. At the heart of this knowledge intensive work is human capital. Top local and international scientific talent drive knowledge creation at A*STAR research institutes. The Agency also sends scholars for undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral training in the best universities, a reflection of the high priority A*STAR places on nurturing the next generation of scientific talent.

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