Water & Maritime in Singapore
Regarding the water sector, Singapore and the Netherlands already have strong mutual relations between the governments, private sectors and knowledge institutions. Both countries share a special relationship with water and are building on broad knowledge and experience in delta- and water technologies. Singapore strives to be self-sufficient in providing for drinking water and is looking at Dutch technology for doing so. Next to that, Singapore has the ambition to become a centre of excellence within the next 15 years in the area of maritime R&D. Singapore is a so-called ‘living lab’ in which foreign research, technologies and companies are stimulated and facilitated by the Singaporean government. The aim is to transpose innovative ideas and sustainable concepts into marketable products that are suitable for the water and maritime industry. The Maritime Port Authority has invested S$ 100 million in the Maritime Singapore Green Initiative. This is aimed at reducing the environmental impact of maritime activities. This is consistent with the priorities identified by the Dutch ‘topsector’ maritime: 'Maritime World’ and ‘Winning at Sea'. Opportunities can be found in drinking water technology, green shipping, flood control and floating buildings.
Singapore will reclaim land through the development of a polder at the north-western tip of Pulau Tekong, an island north-east of mainland Singapore. This cost-saving method, to be used for the first time in Singapore, will be adopted by the Housing & Development Board (HDB). With Deltares as Specialist Consultant, Professor Kees d’Angremond as Expert Advisor and Royal HaskoningDHV/Surbana as Engineering Consultant, HDB has drawn on the vast experience of the Netherlands throughout the project.