Automation of Underwater Propeller Polishing and Removal of Thick Marine Growth on Hulls/ Jetty Piles

09 Jul, 2020

With just 4 weeks left to the deadline of Smart Port Challenge 2020, we continue to assist start-ups every week by inviting maritime corporates and investors to share their insights and experiences. 


For this week’s roadshow (9 July), Haymond Sinapius, Investment Manager of INNOPORT and Albert Kyaw, Technical Superintendent at Bernhard Schulte shared their experience and requirements on the innovation opportunity, ‘Automation of Underwater Propeller Polishing and Removal of Thick Marine Growth on Hulls/ Jetty Piles’


They gave us, in a nutshell, an introduction on how underwater propeller polishing is currently done – with the deployment of human divers and the use of hydraulic propeller polisher or brush kart. 


They touched on the limitations with the current autonomous solutions and emphasised a few key requirements in terms of what they are looking: 

  1. No divers required
  2. Ease of operation and usage
  3. Ability to reach curved areas
  4. Enhanced cleaning efficiency 
  5. Reduction in cleaning duration 


Together with Bernhard Schulte, the selected start-up will be provided with 

  1. Essential industrial knowledge and expertise 
  2. An extensive network
  3. Assistance and support during development 
  4. Realistic test bedding


Re-watch the recording here!


Submit your proposal for Smart Port Challenge 2020 by 10 August 2020 here!


Join us next Wednesday, 15 July, 4pm (SGT) for a panel discussion with Venture Capital partners on how they help can catalyse the growth of start-ups.


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Join us also  next Thursday, 16 July, 4pm (SGT) where we will be joined by Jurong Port and Yusen Logistics to address:

(1) Machine Learning for Manpower and Equipment Deployment Planning

(2) Efficient Data Exchange with Non-System Integrated Container Freight Station (CFS)


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Shortlisted finalists are enrolled in a two-phase, 12-week programme.

Phase 1: Fit Check - Market Discovery and Validation

Kickstart your journey by diving deep into the heart of your market! In this phase, we'll help you answer the pivotal question: Is there a product-market fit for your solution? Validate your tech, test your assumptions, and find the perfect match for your innovation. A review will be conducted at the end of Phase 1. Only selected participants will advance to Phase 2.

Phase 2: Gap Busters - Navigating New Markets

Now, it's time to bridge the commercial gap. In this phase, you’ll partner with industry veterans who bring sharp business insights to the table. Together, you’ll navigate and conquer markets that may be uncharted territory for your startup.

Although the programme is designed for remote and overseas participants, in-person participation is required for the following events conducted in Singapore: