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MPA Unveils Plan for ‘The WAVES’, Commissions Enhanced Patrol Craft

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Published Apr 11, 2022 9:41 AM by The Maritime Executive

[By: MPA]

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has unveiled the  development concept for ‘The WAVES’ today at the Singapore Maritime Week (SMW)  2022. ‘The WAVES’ or Waterfront for All, innoVation, Enterprise, and Sustainability, is  an integrated waterfront development that will be the focal point for maritime  innovation, sustainability, and talent development efforts in Singapore.  

2. During the unveiling ceremony, Senior Minister of State for Transport, Mr Chee  Hong Tat shared that ‘The WAVES’ would support Maritime Singapore to capture new  opportunities by building connectivity, capabilities and careers. Slated to be  operational by late 2025, ‘The WAVES’ will house research institutes and start-ups,  facilitate testbeds and trials of decarbonisation technologies, and host maritime  training programmes to attract and develop talent.  

3. Leveraging ‘The WAVES’, MPA also aims to showcase the vibrancy of the  maritime industry to the public and foster their affinity for the sea. Mr Chee added that  ‘The WAVES’ would be a waterfront landmark for the public to enjoy and feel  connected to the sea. In the longer term, he said ‘The WAVES’ would support the  building of maritime careers for our workforce and attract talents to work in MarineTech  and decarbonisation. 

4. In conjunction with the unveiling of ‘The WAVES’, the world’s first autonomous  and zero-emission hydrogen ship, Energy Observer, was berthed at the Marina South  Pier to demonstrate the potential of sustainable energy for maritime. Energy  Observer’s visit comes after the signing of the Terms of Reference for the Steering  Committee for Co-operation Between Singapore and France in the Maritime Field, as  part of implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Direction  des Affaires Maritimes of the Minister for the Ecological Transition of France and MPA  that was established in April 2021. Energy Observer is currently docked in Singapore,  the 70th port of call on its voyage around the globe. 

Enhanced patrol craft to strengthen enforcement and incident response 

5. Prior to the unveiling of ‘The WAVES’, MPA’s Chief Executive, Ms Quah Ley  Hoon commissioned MPA’s new hybrid diesel-electric enhanced patrol craft, MPA Guardian, during a commemoration ceremony at Marina South Pier. 

6. Ms Quah said, “The new enhanced patrol craft will strengthen our fleet of patrol  craft enforcement and emergency response capabilities as it has higher endurance  and the necessary sea-keeping capabilities for operations in all weather conditions. 
  
As we work towards a sustainable Maritime Singapore, reducing emissions from the  domestic harbour craft fleet is an important focus area. Developing a hybrid diesel electric vessel with electric propulsion, we made sure that our new enhanced patrol  craft would be ready for a greener future.”  

7. Developed in collaboration with the Defence Science and Technology Agency  and Penguin Shipyard International, the hybrid diesel-electric aluminium catamaran  measures 34 metres and is equipped with a comprehensive suite of assets which  allows specialised operations and caters to the rigorous demands at sea. MPA 

Guardian will have shallow water rescue capabilities, a launching platform for drone deployment, and chemical gas detectors and equipment to contain and respond to  marine oil spills. It will also be used as a test bed platform for new technologies and  equipment.  

8. MPA Guardian will supplement the existing fleet of six next-generation patrol  craft and has the capability to be deployed for command-and-control during operations  such as search and rescue, salvage, ferry incidents, spill response and exercises. The  enhanced patrol craft will be deployed for patrolling duties within the port and has the  necessary sea-keeping capabilities for responding to marine incidents outside the port.  
 

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