Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore has launched a new maritime single-window system for maritime regulations and port service transactions.

The digitalPORT@SG system will be developed in two stages.

In the first phase of the project, users will be able to receive approval for ships that arrive and depart from MPA, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority and the National Environment Agency through a single platform.

The platform combines 16 different forms into one application, which is expected to save working time throughout the year.

The portal also enables data sharing with Portnet, Jurong Port Online and similar port community systems.

On 1 October, ten companies started the trial. It will be introduced to other companies in stages from December.

During the second phase, the system will be improved to enable its operation as a digital shopfront for booking terminal and marine services. The upgraded system will become operational in 2021.

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The new development will support just-in-time (JIT) operations for optimal vessel passage planning within the Singapore port.

MPA has also signed a three-year research and development R&D partnership agreement with DNV GL.

The partners will explore additive manufacturing for ship spares and blockchain technologies for the port. They will also explore the use of bio-liquefied natural gas (LNG), battery and battery-hybrid for short-sea applications.

In July, MPA began the second phase of Tuas Megaport construction.

MPA opened a Maritime Cybersecurity Operations Centre (MSOC) in May.

In April, Fujitsu and MPA carried out a field trial of ship collision risk prediction technology that uses artificial intelligence (AI).