The Department of Science and Technology -Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) has joined forces with the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) to improve the country’s maritime industry through science and technology. 

The agencies signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to formally put the initiative in motion. 

DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said the partnership will put forward the ‘Science and Technology for Maritime Transport Applications (STMTA).’

According to de la Peña, “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).”

Under the agreement, a research and development center will be put up, which will be overseen by 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 explained further. 

The following projects will be implemented under DOST and MARINA’s cooperation: 

  • Automatic Identification System (AIS) 
  • Hybrid Trimaran
  • Maritime Route Transport Information System (MARIS)
  • Navigational Traffic Information System (NAVIS) 
  • Solar Assisted Electric Boat
  • Port Capacity Assessment and Route Optimization

Funding of Php 975 million will be allocated for the project to fully transform the country’s maritime industry, according to DOST. 

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