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                 ASIA MARINE & OFFSHORE INDUSTRIES DIRECTORY 2021/2022
Building on the success of the inter-modal solution, Singapore will continue to work with industry partners to explore other novel inter- modal solutions to boost Singapore’s cargo connectivity, and buttress its position as the logistics hub of the region.
Going forward, the Government will continue to keep Singapore as a trusted hub for maritime operations – one that is underpinned by stability, adherence to the rule of law and pro-business policies.
TRANSFORMATION
In the area of transformation, this includes reviewing rules and processes, and supporting new innovations in technology and business models.
It took a pandemic for us to realise the urgent need to accelerate digital transformation efforts in the maritime industry.
“We had to relook, we had to change various familiar processes, to reduce the spread of the virus and keep our community safe.” said Mr Chee.
Within the maritime sector, MPA and terminal operators introduced new protocols that allowed visiting ships to call and undertake contactless operations. This reduced the need for shore-based maritime personnel to board ships that called at the port, which in turn lowered the risk of COVID-19 transmission without compromising operational safety.
SafeEntry, the national digital check-in system was extended to the maritime sector in Singapore in January 2021. Leveraging on technology, MPA improved the safety of maritime operations, by introducing the new SafeEntry@Sea platform at piers, such
as Marina South Pier and West Coast Pier, to strengthen existing Safe Management Measures and facilitate contact tracing of shore-based personnel who regularly travel out to board and work on ships in Singapore’s anchorages.
Singapore is continuing with the long-term investments to transform its port and to secure its position as the world’s top transhipment hub. “We partner our port operators, PSA and Jurong Port, to co-fund R&D to automate manpower-intensive and manual processes, to improve port efficiency and productivity. “
PSA is looking into automating quay crane and quay-side operations such as coning and de-coning systems for containers, to eliminate repetitive tasks and improve port operations.
Singapore continues to enhance its digital connectivity, to better serve customers at the port, and with ports around the world through digitalPORT@SGTM and digitalOCEANSTM.
During the pandemic, it was recorded that more than 500 shipping companies accessed digitalPORT@SGTM, which was rolled out the year before, to get a one-stop clearance
to enter/leave Singapore port. By 2021, the portal was enhanced to also serve as a single digital shopfront for booking terminal and marine services, facilitating just-in-time (JIT) operations for optimal vessel passage planning within Singapore port.
Expanding its digital efforts beyond Singapore to harness global port-to-port and system-to-system digital connectivity, MPA has been pro-active to link up with digitalOCEANSTM. The digitalisation of global shipping, through a maritime single window will not only reduce human interactions, but allow shipping to yield a new level of efficiency with lower emissions.
The Government will also continue to support transformation efforts by maritime firms in Singapore.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can tap on the Maritime Digitalisation Playbook, which serves as a guide to help maritime companies develop and implement digitalisation plans.
On 8 December 2020, MPA introduced the Maritime Cluster Fund (MCF) to facilitate
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