February 29, 2024

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Boosting Singapore’s Hub Port and Maritime Centre with Tech

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The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) has begun planning and design work for Tuas Port Phase 3. Tuas Port is being developed in four phases, with the reclamation works for Phase 3 projected to be completed in the mid-2030s.

MPA will organise a tripartite committee in 2023 with port operator PSA Singapore, government agencies, industry partners, and unions to co-create alternative mobility choices for port workers and users to improve Tuas Port’s accessibility.

Tuas Port will be the world’s largest completely automated port when completed in the 2040s, with a handling capacity of 65 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), nearly doubling the handling volume of 37.3 million TEUs in 2022.

In addition, the MPA and Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in August 2022 to provide full maritime 5G coverage in the major anchorages, fairways, terminals, and boarding grounds by mid-2025, to further maritime digitalisation and the development of the future concept of operations.

To support the onshore 5G communication infrastructure, twelve maritime 5G base stations will be installed. By 2023, three of the base stations will be prepared to facilitate the testing and development of fresh digital applications including telemedicine, delivery drones, digital bunkering, and remotely assisted pilotage advisory and by 2025, the last nine base stations will be installed.

The MPA is creating a Next Generation Vessel Traffic Management System (NGVTMS) with artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to replace the current Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS) to significantly improve vessel navigational safety and efficiency of the port.

Further, Phase 2 of digitalPORT@SG™ will be launched by MPA this year after Phase 1 was successfully implemented as a one-stop platform for port entry and departure in 2020. This will give port stakeholders real-time information to support just-in-time vessel arrivals to terminals.

With this, to test a data-sharing programme focused on supply procurement, fulfilment, and lighterage logistics, MPA will collaborate with Jurong Port, Singapore Trade Data Exchange (SGTraDex), and other partners. This initiative is part of SGTraDex’s ship supplies and lighterage optimisation use case.

By 2025, the MPA will establish the Maritime Cyber Assurance and Operations Centre (MCAOC) to provide real-time security monitoring and disseminate information to mitigate cyber threats, advise on system recovery and post-incident measures, and facilitate cyber threat information-sharing among maritime stakeholders with digital systems, such as port and terminal operators, shipping lines, and marine service providers.

Further, in support of Singapore’s 2050 national net-zero aim, MPA will set a target for the harbour craft and pleasure craft sectors to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. To complete this transformation, beginning in 2030, all new harbour ships operating in the port waters will be required to be totally electric, capable of using B100 biofuel, or compatible with net-zero fuels such as hydrogen.

To prepare Singapore for a multi-fuel bunkering future, the MPA produced the world’s first marine biofuel provisional standard in conjunction with industry and researchers for biofuel blends of up to 50%, or B50.

MPA and the Port of Rotterdam agreed to create the world’s longest “Green and Digital Shipping Corridor (GDSC)” in August 2022 aims to test digital solutions, encourage investment in green infrastructure, and provide enablers to expedite low and zero-carbon shipping. MPA has also implemented many initiatives to attract and create a constant stream of maritime personnel with the necessary skills and competence as the industry evolves.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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