MPA Drives Innovation to Enhance Singapore’s Hub Port Competitiveness


The maritime sector is undergoing significant transformation. To enhance Singapore’s hub port competitiveness, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is leveraging technology to help maritime companies innovate and move into new growth areas. MPA will be establishing the MPA Living Lab, and working with partners to set up three Centres of Excellence to deepen maritime R&D competencies. The MPA has also enhanced the Maritime Cluster Fund (MCF) for Manpower Development and the MCF for Productivity, to help Singaporeans up-skill for more knowledge-intensive jobs and maritime companies to adopt technology to improve business processes, respectively.

MPA Living Lab

The MPA Living Lab will provide a technology partnership platform, with sufficient scale and real operating conditions in the port of Singapore, that technology providers and industry partners can plug into for the co-development and piloting of innovations.

To be set up in 2017, the Living Lab will focus on developing capabilities in the following four areas:

Data Analytics & Intelligent Systems. To harness data for smarter decision-making and optimised port operations. For example, a maritime data hub will be set up for industry and technology partners to co-develop innovative applications, such as just-in-time vessel arrivals or predictive analytics to forecast traffic conditions and potential collision for the next-generation vessel traffic management system;

Autonomous Systems & Robotics. To enhance manpower productivity and safety, MPA will work with industry partners to provide framework conditions for the development and testing of autonomous vessels, drones and other autonomous systems. Sea spaces and regulatory guidelines will be provided for such testing activities;

Smart & Innovative Infrastructure. To optimise land and sea space by leveraging innovative engineering and technologies. For example, the use of multi-purpose floating platforms for ship mooring and berthing, and timely supply of marine services; and

Safety & Security. To enhance port and maritime safety and maritime cyber/physical security and resilience. It includes technologies such as smart sensors for detection of intrusions and monitoring of marine incidents.

Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA, said, “The MPA Living Lab will be the first of its kind in the region and will not only help Singapore to transform its maritime sector into a high technology industry through the test-bedding and development of new systems and capabilities for future port operations but also enable companies to test-bed locally developed solutions under actual operating conditions, bringing these technologies closer to commercialisation and internationalisation.”

Source: Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore

Source from : Port News