Call for Proposals

MINT Fund Call for Proposals 2017


The Port of Singapore is one of the world’s busiest transhipment hubs with about a thousand vessels in the port at any one time and over 130,000 vessel calls per year. The Port of Singapore handles over 30 million TEU of containers annually. Besides transhipment and cargo loading/unloading operations, the port also provides marine services such as marine fuel bunkering and supplies for ships and crew, ship repairs, survey services, pilotage and towage services. Singapore is the largest bunkering port, with more than 40 million tonnes of bunker fuel sold annually. The Singapore Registry of Ships is among the top five in the world, with more than 4,000 registered vessels and offshore assets. There are over 5,000 maritime companies registered, and Maritime Singapore employs over 170,000 people, contributing about 7% to Singapore’s GDP.

With increasing global and intra-Asia trade, vessel traffic and ship size, and limited sea space and land, there is a need to optimise the use of sea and land space for port activities. There are also increasing safety and security demands from stakeholders, and stricter regulations from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in addressing environmental impacts of maritime activities. As such, there is demand for cleaner and greener energy solutions for ports and shipping, and competition for talents and skilled labour. Emerging/disruptive technologies also present challenges and opportunities for the operations and businesses.

Singapore is developing a next generation port at Tuas to transform the port in terms of higher efficiency, productivity, safety and sustainability. Innovative technological solutions, coupled with new operating/business concepts, are required to achieve this.

New business models and operation concepts are made possible by emerging technologies and digitalisation. The use of digital technologies such as ICT, data analytics, modelling and simulation and artificial intelligence can help organisations to gain deeper insights into operations for enhanced decision making or provide predictive capabilities for advanced planning and operations. Augmented/virtual reality and advanced visualisation tools can enhance the efficiency and safety of operations, maintenance and training. The trend toward smart and digitally connected ports and ships will provide opportunities for digital innovation, research and technology development, and cross application of technology from other industries.

The rise of robots and artificial intelligence will present both challenges and opportunities for many industries and businesses. The pervasiveness of e-commerce, digital platforms and robot assistance will impact the role of the middleman, such as agents or brokers, who eventually need to search for human-centric value-added activities beyond those of what machine and digital platforms in the future could provide. The boundaries between maritime and adjacent sectors such as logistics and e-commerce will become less defined. On top of the technology push, maritime stakeholders are also demanding for higher cost efficiency, safer workplaces and better security in both the physical and cyber aspects.

On the automation front, our cargo terminals are already embarking on initiatives to automate container operations at the wharf, container yard and container transport. Automation and autonomous systems could help improve the productivity and safety of the port and harbour craft sector. Smart and innovative infrastructure in the port could enable new methods of berthing and mooring ships, supply of marine services, and storage/harvest of clean energy. 

Maritime Singapore is well placed to service the needs of the region and the world, and make a valuable contribution to the future of Singapore. We envision to be the leading centre for maritime innovation and technology, underpinned by a vibrant maritime R&D cluster and a large base of maritime companies as the demand drivers. In this year’s MINT fund Call for Proposals, we seek innovative solutions that build upon cutting-edge technologies and specialised capabilities to create a future maritime industry that is the epitome of efficiency, safety, and service excellence.

MPA invites submissions of innovation proposals under the themes set out below.

CFP Themes


Data Analytics & Intelligent Systems

Safety, Security & Environment

Autonomous Systems & Robotics

Smart & Innovative Infrastructure

Technology Focus Areas

Blockchain and digital platforms for maritime services and supply chain

Clean/Green Energy such as LNG, electric, fuel-cell

Cloud technologies as a shared services infrastructure for robotics

Innovation design, engineering and manufacturing technologies

Predictive and smart algorithms

Cybersecurity solutions for the maritime industry


Modelling and simulation technologies


Wearable and assistive technologies




Advanced sensor technologies and smart control systems


Advanced communication technologies for ship-ship/ship-shore communications

Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for enhanced decision making and image/vision processing


AR/VR technologies to support operations, maintenance and training




Industry Problem Statements

Next Generation Vessel Traffic Management*

Ship-to-ship transfer of personnel

Remotely assisted pilotage*

Innovative technologies to harvest, store and distribute clean energy for maritime

Verification of ship and crew certificates

Oil spill monitoring

Automation of bunker barges and tug boats

Repositioning of empty containers

Repositioning of empty containers

Safety of port users

Delivery of critical goods to ships



Cost-effective solutions to install/modify vessels for LNG propulsion

Lashing/unlashing of containers


*Only open to organisations with relevant domain knowledge, track records and capabilities


CFP Timeline

Commencement for submission of proposal: 20 Jul 2017 
Deadline for submission of proposal: 20 Sep 2017 
Expected grant call outcome announcement: Dec 2017 / Jan 2018

Proposal Submission Instructions

For information on the eligibility criteria, submission requirements, and funding details, please download a copy of the CFP document.

Only proposals properly completed and with relevant supporting documents attached will be accepted for evaluation and assessment.

The deadline for proposal submission to MPA is 20 Sep 2017.  All proposals must be submitted to