The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has announced several new initiatives to improve connectivity in the Port of Singapore, including a new 4G mobile network built in collaboration with M1 Limited.
The MPA and M1 also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together in promoting this 4G technology to shipping companies operating within Singapore port waters, to increase connectivity in an effort to improve operations and crew welfare.
Both organizations have also committed to research and testing of new technologies to improve the network in the future.
Dubbed ‘Smart Port’, the initiatives range from the installation of 4G broadband access in Singapore port waters for the maritime community and for vessels in Singapore port waters, free Wi-Fi services at MPA-managed terminals for members of the public, and the launch of the myMaritime@SG mobile app to allow port users access to the latest information on ship arrivals and departures, port and marine notices, and tidal information, among other services.
Andrew Tan, Chief Executive, 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. This will benefit all users at the Port of Singapore,” Andrew added.
Patrick Phoon, President, Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), added, "Shipping in Singapore is a round-the-clock business, with an ever-growing demand for timely, accurate information to make informed decisions fast and on-the-go. The SSA is pleased to support MPA's Smart Port initiatives as this collaboration is an important step for our vision for Maritime Singapore - it will revolutionize work processes, increase productivity and equip us to be future ready."
Alongside this app, the MPA has partnered with the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) to invite proposals for B2B apps in areas such as enhancing maritime logistics operations, ship-to-shore communications, and remote monitoring of marine operations from shore. The MPA has set aside S$2 million to co-fund projects under this initiative.