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Singapore port authority unveils smart port initiatives

Singapore port authority unveils smart port initiatives
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has unveiled on Monday new smart port initiatives, aimed at enhancing communications, productivity and crew welfare in Singapore port.

The new initiatives will harness the use of mobile technology and wireless connectivity such as 4G broadband access coverage of up to 15 km from the coastline from today, and free WiFi services at MPA-managed terminals from 1 July this year.

Andrew Tan, chief executive of MPA, said: “The maritime sector is undergoing significant transformation with smarter ships, just-in-time logistics and more intelligent ports being built.

“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,” Tan said.

MPA has also launched a new mobile application name ‘myMaritime@SG’ for the maritime community and the public to access maritime information and services on their mobile phones.

To encourage the development of mobile applications, 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 in areas such as enhancing maritime logistics operations, ship-to-shore communications, and remote monitoring of marine operations from shore.

MPA has set aside SGD2m ($1.45m) to co-fund projects approved under this initiative.