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Dr Lam Pin Min (centre), Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health, at the PSA ‘Intelligent Port of the Future’ exhibition Dr Lam Pin Min (centre), Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health, at the PSA ‘Intelligent Port of the Future’ exhibition

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has announced details of a new Sea Transport Industry Transformation Map (ITM), which aims to apply emerging technologies arising from ‘Industry 4.0’ as part of a long term strategic plan to develop its next-generation port and international maritime centre (IMC).

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Tuas Port will be developed as an ‘intelligent port’ under the plan, harnessing data analytics to optimise operations and incorporating elements such as just-in-time vessel arrivals and a Maritime Single Window approach for quicker port clearance.

These developments will be supported by the joint Port Technology Research and Development Programme (PTRDP), run by MPA and the Port of Singapore Authority, which will increase its focus on R&D and capability development in the areas of digitalisation, connected community systems, and automation and robotics.

The deployment of automated systems at Tuas Port will build on current trials of automated yard cranes and quay cranes in the Pasir Panjang Terminal, where a fleet of 30 automated guided vehicles (AGVs) has already been deployed for testing.

MPA will also look to support external companies active in this sector by increasing its range of support services available, including an MPA Living Lab which will offer technology developers and industry partners a maritime data platform and a real operating environment at the port to co-develop and pilot new solutions.

New research centres of excellence at local universities NTU and NUS will also be expected to bolster Singapore’s maritime R&D capabilities and accelerate technology transfers and spin-offs for the maritime industry.

MPA will look to streamline the logistics chain in international trade by providing increased access to digital services for maritime companies transiting the port, working with Singapore Customs and the Singapore Shipping Association to promote the digitalisation of documentation and the co-development of cross-sector solutions, such as electronic bills of lading.

“The strategies and targets set out by the ITM are undoubtedly ambitious,” said Dr Lam Pin Min, senior minister of state at Singapore’s Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health, speaking at the launch.

“But with the strong partnership from the industry, the unions and government agencies such as SkillsFuture Singapore and Workforce Singapore, I am confident that we can achieve our vision for Singapore to be a global maritime hub for connectivity, innovation and talent.”{/mprestriction}

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