OPENING REMARKS BY CAPT M SEGAR, ASST CHIEF EXECUTIVE (OPERATIONS), MARITIME AND PORT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE, AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 4TH PORT MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME, 21 AUGUST 2017, 1000HRS, MPA ACADEMY, 25TH FLOOR, PSA BUILDING

21 August 2017

OPENING REMARKS BY CAPT M SEGAR, ASST CHIEF EXECUTIVE (OPERATIONS), MARITIME AND PORT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE, AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 4TH PORT MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME, 21 AUGUST 2017, 1000HRS, MPA ACADEMY, 25TH FLOOR, PSA BUILDING

 

Your Excellency

Distinguished guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

Good morning. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 4th Port Management Programme (PMP), organised by the MPA Academy, the training arm of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). This year, we are pleased to welcome 16 participants from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and Oceania.

 

PORT MANAGEMENT IN SINGAPORE

 

  1. In Singapore, we believe that it is not only possible to efficiently manage and operate our port, but we can do so in a way that is compatible with the environmental and safety needs of the community. As we leverage new technologies and look for ways to increase productivity, we must ensure that some of our time-honoured values honed over the years are never compromised.

     

  2. The first of these values is “Safety”.

     

    Safety

     

  3. Being one of the busiest ports in the world, safety is an integral part of our maritime culture that must never be taken for granted.

     

  4. In 2015, MPA spearheaded the formation of the National Maritime Safety at Sea Council, to promote maritime safety on a national level. In 2014, MPA launched the Safety@Sea Singapore campaign, an industry-wide effort to increase awareness of safe practices and to inculcate a safety-first culture at sea.

     

  5. Tomorrow, I understand that all 16 PMP participants will be at the 2nd International Safety@Sea Conference. The conference will bring together practitioners from across different sectors of the maritime industry to share best safety practices. You can expect to learn more about the industry’s safety initiatives as well as the important roles we can all play.

     

  6. MPA is also pleased to invite all of you to witness the annual Ferry Rescue Exercise where you can observe the synergies between our partner agencies. Through the exercise, we trust that you will gain a better appreciation of how Singapore is always kept operationally ready for exigencies at sea.

     

  7. Another key value is “Efficiency”.

     

    Efficiency

     

  8. In order to boost Singapore’s port capacity and long-term competitiveness, MPA has been leveraging technology. One example is the utilisation of a new generation of technologies as we plan for our Next Generation Container Terminal (also known as, NGP 2030) which will be situated in Tuas, at the western end of Singapore.

     

  9. Tuas Port will utilise a new generation of technologies to increase efficiency and productivity, maximise land use, improve safety and security and raise the level of environmental sustainability. These include automation technologies such as automated quay cranes, yard cranes and guided vehicles. Loading and unloading operations would be automated as well. We can also expect computers, sensors and cameras that would ensure the safe and precise handling of containers.

     

  10. To cater to our future needs, Tuas Port will eventually consolidate all our city terminals in one location for greater efficiency and economies of scale. It will allow us to handle up to 65 million TEUs, more than twice our current volumes in its steady state.

     

  11. “Security” is another key to our strength.

     

Security

 

  1. It is important for Singapore to be vigilant and for us to set up safeguards against both traditional and non-traditional security threats.

     

  2. With approximately 1,000 ships in the port of Singapore at any one time, Singapore’s commitment to ensuring safe and secure passage for users along the straits has served us well. MPA has been working very closely with local enforcement agencies such as the Police Coast Guard, Republic of Singapore Navy and relevant regional enforcement authorities and stakeholders; such as the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robberies (ReCAAP) to deter piracy and armed robberies.

     

  3. As the maritime industry today is highly reliant on technology, it no doubt leads to increased exposure to emerging cyber threats. In light of recent cybersecurity attacks, MPA has proposed the formation of a “Port Authorities Focal Point Correspondence Network” comprising members from key maritime stakeholders from port and cruise terminal operators. This network will facilitate early reporting of maritime cybersecurity incidents and allow members to prepare and respond to imminent cyber attacks.

     

  4. Finally, we have always carried out our duties with “Sustainability” in mind.

     

    Sustainability

     

  5. Growing beyond a bustling hub, Singapore is also a responsible and sustainable port city. MPA’s long tradition of promoting good sustainability practices within the maritime community has resulted in various programmes such as the Coral Conservation Volunteer Programme and the Clean-up on Kayak event which has led to increased public awareness on the importance of working together to keep our waters clean.

     

  6. Also since last year, MPA has been actively encouraging SGX-listed maritime companies in Singapore to produce their own sustainability report where MPA will provide co-funding of 50% of the qualifying costs, up to a cap of $50,000 per company.

     

     

    EMPHASIS ON MANPOWER TRAINING

     

  7. A strong and skilled maritime workforce is also key to good port management. Hence, MPA established the MPA Academy in 2012 which was repositioned in 2014 as a full-fledged academy, now known as MPAA. MPAA will work on capacity-building, extending to global maritime leadership training. Since inception, the academy now boasts dedicated premises and focuses on global maritime leadership training.

     

  8. MPAA has also ramped up efforts in maritime training through the launch of three flagship programmes; the Advanced Maritime Leaders’ Programme, the Maritime Public Leaders’ Programme and the Port Management Programme. These three programmes are conducted exclusively for both local and overseas senior port and maritime officials and maritime leaders.

     

  9. MPAA is also committed to providing training to the international maritime community under the Singapore-International Maritime Organization – Third Country Training Programme. To date, we are proud to have shared our experiences with more than 1,900 officials from over 80 countries under this programme.

     

     

    ABOUT THE 4TH PORT MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME

     

  10. The 4th Port Management Programme is uniquely designed for port masters, harbour masters, and middle management personnel from maritime administrations or port authorities. Through this programme, MPA hopes to share our port management practices and facilitate meaningful exchanges among the participants.

     

  11.  Participants will gain useful insights into the working practices of building and operating a world-class port while keeping in line with core values and quality commitment along one of the world’s busiest waterways.

     

  12. Classroom lessons will be supplemented by site visits to the PSA port terminal and MPA’s Port Operations Control Centre. Participants will also have a hands-on experience at the Integrated Simulation Centre where they can appreciate first-hand the practical aspects of heavy vessel traffic management.

     

     

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

     

  13. In closing, I would like to thank MPAA and all our partners and trainers for putting this programme together. I wish all participants a rewarding and enriching learning experience at this year’s 4th Port Management Programme.

     

  14. Thank you.