Singapore's MPA leverages technologies to improve hub port competitiveness


Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) is planning to help maritime companies to innovate new technologies for the improvement of the country's maritime sector.

The MPA will set up a 'Living Lab' as part of the initiative, in order to provide a technology partnership platform for the technology providers and industry partners to jointly develop new solutions, including scale and real operating conditions in the port of Singapore.

It will also focus on developing new maritime data analytics and intelligent systems, as well as autonomous systems and robotics for use in maritime applications.

New smart and innovative infrastructure is planned to be created to assist the optimisation of land and sea space.

Additional safety and security solutions will also be developed to improve port and maritime safety and maritime cyber / physical security and resilience. This includes technologies such as smart sensors for detection of intrusions and monitoring of marine incidents.

"The MPA Living Lab will be the first of its kind in the region, and will help Singapore to transform its maritime sector into a high-technology industry."

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore chief executive Andrew Tan said: “The MPA Living Lab will be the first of its kind in the region, and will 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. 

"It will also enable companies to test-bed locally developed solutions under actual operating conditions, bringing these technologies closer to commercialisation and internationalisation.”

The authority also aims to establish three maritime research Centres of Excellence (CoEs) within local Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) over the next five years, with assistance from the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI).

MPA previously improved its Maritime Cluster Fund for Manpower Development (MCF-MD), in order to make the country’s workforce ready to handle the future innovations.