Technology group Wärtsilä has opened its Acceleration Centre in Singapore. This is seen as a milestone following an agreement between the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Wärtsilä in April 2018 to collaborate in areas of intelligent vessels, connected smart port operations, cyber-physical security, and digital acceleration with start-ups.
Wärtsilä will address cyber security challenges in connected maritime operations by launching its Maritime Cyber Centre of Excellence as part of the centre.
The first project to be co-created at the Wärtsilä Acceleration Centre is the Wärtsilä IntelliTug, a harbour tug with autonomous navigation. Work will be carried out with MPA and PSA Marine, a leading marine services provider.
The vessel will be capable of performing a range of routine missions that should help improve tug safety and efficiency. It will include a new near-field wideband radar and real-time video analytics, integrated with a lightweight human-centric mission control system to supervise close quarters and alert users on collision avoidance using adaptive, dynamic route-planning capabilities.
In 2019, MPA, PSA Marine, and Wärtsilä will test the IntelliTug concept on a tug in operational areas of Singapore’s port.