The Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) is a joint effort by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Economic Development Board (EDB) in partnership with local Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) and reflects Singapore’s continued commitment to the maritime and offshore industry. The SMI develops strategies and programmes related to the academic, policy and R&D aspects of the industry. Key focus areas of the SMI include sectors such as port, shipping, maritime services, offshore and marine engineering, subsea and downhole.
The SMI charts the maritime and offshore research strategy together with the various maritime institutes at the local IHLs. Working together with knowledge partners to attract renowned academia and researchers, the grooming of the next generation local maritime talent are critical components towards a sustainable R&D ecosystem in Singapore. The SMI also promotes greater industry-academia R&D collaborations to be undertaken in Singapore.
As a whole-of-Government approach, the agencies have committed to fund initiatives through the SMI. The formation of the SMI will strengthen Singapore’s research manpower and capabilities as a global maritime knowledge hub to enhance the overall positioning and competitiveness of the maritime and offshore industry.