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March 24, 2015

Singapore’s MPA launches initiatives to enhance maritime communication

Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) has launched new initiatives to strengthen the use of mobile technology and wireless connectivity, in a bid to improve productivity and crew welfare in the port.

By Samseer M

Singapore

Singapore’s Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) has launched new initiatives to strengthen the use of mobile technology and wireless connectivity, in a bid to improve productivity and crew welfare in the port.

As part of this development, MPA is collaborating with telecommunications firm M1 to deliver high bandwidth, low-cost, secured and wireless 4G broadband access, with coverage up to 15km from the coastline.

In addition, MPA and M1 have also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote the adoption of 4G broadband coverage for vessels operating within Singapore’s port waters.

MPA chief executive Andrew Tan said: "As a global hub port and leading International Maritime Centre, Singapore believes that it is well-positioned to leverage on the ongoing revolution in ICT, smart devices and internet of things (IoT).

"We envision a more inter-connected port with high-speed internet, extensive use of data analytics and innovative mobile solutions to enhance our port’s overall competitiveness."

"We envision a more inter-connected port with high-speed internet, extensive use of data analytics and innovative mobile solutions."

MPA will extend the the Wireless@SG programme to provide free, basic WiFi services at the Marina South Pier, Changi Point Ferry Terminal and West Coast Pier.

Meanwhile, MPA has launched a new mobile application called myMaritime@SG to allow users to access maritime information and services on their mobile phones.

This app will enable port users to obtain the latest information on ship arrivals and departures, port and marine notices, tidal information, plan their shipping routes and undertake transactions.

MPA and the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) are jointly initiating a call-for-proposals to invite the maritime community and solution providers to develop innovative business-to-business apps to enhance maritime communication.

MPA has announced the availability of S$2m ($1.46m) to co-fund projects approved under this initiative.


Image: Singapore shipping lanes. Photo: courtesy of Social Services.

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