USS warship collision shows need to enhance sea safety: MPA chairman
CE of MPA Andrew Tan and Chairman of MPA Niam Chiang Meng join keynote speakers in launching the international [email protected] Conference. (Photo: Dewi Fabbri)
Project SAFER, which derives its name from “Sense-making Analytics for maritime Event Recognition”, is an initiative that draws on cognitive analytics to improve the efficiency of port and maritime operations here. The project aims to help MPA increase the automation and accuracy of tasks, in line with aims to support Singapore’s increasing growth in vessel traffic.
This comes as a pilot trial for three out of seven modules of Project SAFER come to an end.
The three modules are infringement analytics, automated movement detection, and pilot boarding detection. The infringement analytics module makes use of vessels’ transponders and data from MPA's system, to pick up on location, speed and licence information of vessels, allowing port inspectors to detect suspicious behaviour, and zoom in on vessels which may be in violation of certain port rules.
The automated movement detection module detects and predicts vessel movements, and reduces the time spent by vessel traffic management officers communicating with ships and keying in data. The pilot boarding detection module will help MPA detect the pilot boarding time of a vessel, and improve service to vessels requiring pilotage service.
The other four modules will be rolled out by January 2018, and will be able to provide and predict vessel arrival time, and information on traffic density within Singapore’s waters, as well as detect illegal bunkering activities and vessels moving in prohibited areas.
Mr Niam also announced that an inaugural Community of Practice (CoP) on maritime safety forum will be held on Wednesday. The forum will see 40 participants from maritime administrations, classification societies and non-governmental organisations discussing the topic of ferry safety.
As part of [email protected] Week, MPA will also coordinate a multi-agency ferry rescue exercise on Friday. The exercise scenario will involve a collision between a regional ferry and a passenger vessel en-route to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.