Centre for Maritime Digitalisation (C4MD)

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) has established a Centre for Maritime Digitalisation (C4MD)1 to develop advanced digital solutions for smart shipping, port systems and decarbonisation. The new centre aims to increase sustainability, safety and efficiency in Singapore’s maritime ecosystem, by translating research capabilities in computational modelling, simulation and artificial intelligence (AI) into deployable maritime solutions.

The centre, led by A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), will partner Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), research entities, industry partners and relevant public sector agencies on collaborative research in key areas such as:

  • Studying various scenarios in the electrification of harbour crafts and their impact on infrastructure and operational activities in Singapore waters. 
  • Decarbonising the maritime sector with sustainable technologies, for example using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in tidal turbine designs to convert kinetic energy of moving water into green electricity. 
  • Conducting CFD-based risk assessments and mitigation for the safe use and storage of alternative fuels.
  • Detecting near-collision events of ship manoeuvring in port waters and providing AI models and explainable outputs to reduce traffic safety risks. 
  • Improving efficiency by advancing AI research in areas including Just In Time (JIT) operations, predictive maintenance, emissions monitoring and reduction, and supply chain intelligence.
C4MD is an extension from the Maritime AI Research Programme2 which was awarded to IHPC as the leading research institute by Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI). IHPC was identified as the suitable agency to lead given its deep AI expertise and experience in maritime R&D and will use the funding to launch the first phase of the programme with a focus on maritime data excellence and AI modelling excellence as well as use cases.

[WATCH] the video to find out more on IHPC's maritime capabilities. 

More about C4MD, download C4MD brochure.