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Asia Pacific Maritime 2020 Will Feature Disruptive Tech

November 19, 2019

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The biennial exhibition for the world’s shipbuilders is taking place at the prestigious Marina Bay Sands in Singapore from March 18 until 20. The latest installment of Asia Pacific Maritime (APM) promises to deliver a memorable event for exhibitors and visitors alike. A particular draw are discussion panels on new technologies that will be adopted in the coming decade. These are standardized digitalization, maritime 5G, and autonomous piloting. The organizers shared an exclusive preview of these trends with its chosen media partner, 21st Century Asian Arms Race (21AAR). Registration is still open for APM 2020.

Conferences populate the schedule for APM 2020. One of them is focused on digital standardization for vessels. A panel of experts are presenting their insights on March 18, opening day. Participants can expect to learn about streamlining data and workflows for vessels at sea. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore welcomes this emerging trend. The authority’s CTO Kenneth Lim believes digitalisation presents many opportunities and advantages for industry players, but it can only reach its full potential when data flows are seamless. “As such, MPA has embarked on initiatives such as the ‘digitalOCEANS’ concept to foster Open or Common Exchange And Network Standardisation and allow digital platforms of port authorities, supply chain companies, terminal operators, marine services companies, and ships to interoperate,” Lim said.

Another conference at the sidelines of APM 2020 is “Digitalization Day” where maritime 5G is covered at length. The implications for the maritime industry are immense. 5G is expected to open up infinite possibilities in maritime communication – for example, the introduction of smart drones for real-time monitoring, ship-shore communication for vessel traffic management and just-in-time operations, autonomous vessels with low latency connectivity for remote operation, the use of Internet-of-Things sensors during search-and-rescue for real-time communications and accurate positioning.

Finally, on the last day of the show, a conference on autonomous piloting is taking place. According to Finnpilot Pilotage’s Sanna Sonninen a multitude of issues need to be sorted before it goes mainstream. “When trying to find feasible solutions for remote pilotage it is important to understand the difference between an autonomous ship, remote operated ship and remote piloted ship,” Sonninen explained. “To understand how the complex task of piloting a ship could be successfully accomplished without the pilot being physically onboard and operating as a part of bridge team, one must analyze the different functions of pilotage. Such issues must be solved and analysed before these remote pilotage experiments become a reality.”

The importance of APM 2020 can’t be stressed enough. It’s a regional trade show where big and small players in maritime technology gather under one roof at a renowned venue with great amenities. The host country also stands out as Southeast Asia’s innovation and financial hub with the second largest port in the world. (Among the 10 largest ports, however, seven are located in China.) From a geopolitical perspective, Singapore is the indispensable connection between the vital Malacca Strait and the South China Sea where trillions of dollars worth of goods travel each year. When it comes to maritime technology, East Asian firms are still dominant with the largest shipyards belonging to Chinese, Japanese, and South Korean corporations. For professionals in the maritime sector, APM 2020 is unmissable.

Bookings and inquiries for APM 2020 are welcomed.

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