The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Industry Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) and Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to further boost the Philippines’ maritime industry through science and technology (S&T).
In a news report from Manila Bulletin, DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña said the partnership aims to put forward the Science and Technology for Maritime Transport Applications (STMTA).
“The STMTA is envisioned to ensure that the country’s maritime transport industry will flourish from S&T activities and innovations on alternative fuels and energy-efficient water, transportation technologies, renewable energy, modernization of merchant fleets, and intelligent transport systems (ITS),” he explained.
STMTA and NAVIS 2.0
The MOA signing entitled “STMTA & NAVIS 2.0” was held via Zoom on August 17 with the theme “Anchoring the Maritime Transport Industry in the New Normal through Science and Technology.”
Under the MOA, a maritime research and development (R&D) center is envisioned to be set up with MARINA.
“To achieve this, DOST-PCIEERD will support projects, provide monitoring and management support, and direction. MARINA will also shell out additional funds to facilitate adoption of technologies, sustainability of operation and formulate policies and guidelines to ensure the accomplishment of the cooperation’s goals,” de la Peña said.
He also noted that MARINA plans to have 200 routes and 293 roll-on/roll-off (RORO) ships by 2020.
The DOST-PCIEERD is seeking to raise PHP 975 million to fully evolve the country’s maritime industry through innovative projects to meet global standards.
Among the projects of DOST-PCIEERD and MARINA under STMTA are the following:
- Automatic Identification System (AIS) – transponder for boats or vessels that automatically receive information broadcast by other AIS-equipped vessels and base stations for collision avoidance, real-time vessel monitoring and control, search and rescue, accident investigation, and report generation.
- Hybrid Trimaran – prototype vessel with multiple engines and alternative renewable energy system using ocean wave energy.
- Maritime Route Transport Information System (MARIS) – modular software for effective route capacity measurement as part of MARINA’s modernization plan for the Philippine maritime industry.
- Navigational Traffic Information System (NAVIS) – software that enables the user to determine the adequate number of marine vessels for a given route.
- Solar Assisted Electric Boat – solar-assisted electric boat will be developed as a safe, efficient, and sustainable solar-assisted plug-in electric boat that could be utilized for island tourism and passenger transport.
- Port Capacity Assessment and Route Optimization – data-driven Port Capacity Measurement System, which includes modules for port berthing capacity estimation and ship trip scheduling software.
The DOST-PCIEERD and MARINA are looking forward to these projects to develop new and emerging technologies, policies, and standards for a sustainable and globally competitive maritime industry.