and Implementing the Sea Transport Industry Transformation Map (ITM)
Transformation Programme was first launched at Budget 2016 to develop roadmaps
for 23 industries to address issues within each sector, and deepen partnerships
between the Government, companies, trade associations and chambers, and the Labour
Movement. This is against a backdrop of rising challenges such as increasing
competition, disruption from technological advancements as well as domestic resource
constraints such as land and manpower. Each Industry Transformation Map (ITM)
lays out the blueprint and key strategies needed to drive the industry forward.
Developed by MPA in
partnership with the industry, unions and other government agencies, the Sea
Transport ITM builds on MPA’s strategic long-term plans to develop Singapore’s
next generation port and strengthen our international maritime centre (IMC). The
Sea Transport ITM was launched by Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for
Health and Transport, Dr Lam Pin Min, on 12 January 2018.
Sea Transport ITM Launch Media Release
The key strategies of
the Sea Transport ITM are:
Connectivity and Inter-Linkages – Build up connectivity with other
complementary clusters; strengthen linkages between the sea transport sector
and other adjacent sectors, such as commodity trading.
Growth through Productivity Enhancements and Innovation – Invest in
new port capabilities that will capitalise on emerging technologies arising
from Industry 4.0; put in place an enabling environment and infrastructure for
innovation; leverage digital solutions to enhance operational efficiencies and
provide greater value to its customer.
Future-Ready Maritime Workforce – Develop new programmes to equip the
maritime workforce with relevant future skills; support maritime companies’
efforts to upskill their employees in specialised technical areas, as well as
soft skills such as communication and leadership.
Pillars of the Sea Transport ITM
have been laid out under the Sea Transport ITM to catalyse innovation, drive productivity
improvements, as well as enhance maritime jobs
and skills. Support is also
available for maritime companies to build their capabilities and networks, and internationalise their operations.
Build a Vibrant Innovation
Ecosystem to Drive Competitiveness & New Growth Areas
Innovation is key to industry transformation
as we develop future capabilities and solutions built on emerging
technologies. To drive the next phase of growth, MPA has mapped out various initiatives.
The MPA Living Lab was established to create an enabling environment for innovation and the Maritime
Transformation Programme serves to deepen maritime R&D capabilities. Maritime technology enterprises and start-ups could receive support from the industry-wide acceleration programme – Port Innovation Ecosystem Reimagined @ BLOCK71 – to develop innovative solutions.
Three Maritime Centres of Excellence (CoE) have also been set up within local Institutes of Higher Learning to support the Sea Transport ITM’s innovation thrust. These seek to deepen R&D Capabilities in three strategic areas: (a) Next Generation Ports; (b) Maritime Energy and Sustainable Development; and (c) Maritime Safety.
Build a Highly Automated
and Digital Maritime Environment
To ensure that Singapore stays ahead of the
competition and continues to provide greater value to customers, MPA has in
place initiatives to support maritime companies to improve productivity by
enhancing business processes and workflow, or by developing and adopting
Maritime companies seeking
to elevate their productivity by way of enhancing business processes and
workflow; or by developing and adopting technology solutions can tap on the Maritime
Cluster Fund – Productivity grant.
There is also the Industry Digital Plan (IDP) to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in their adoption of digital technology to boost growth and productivity. The IDPs are part of Info-communications Media Development Authority's (IMDA) SMEs Go Digital Programme, which seeks to make the process of going digital simple for SMEs.
Jurong Port and M1 to Collaborate on a Smart Next Generation Multipurpose Port
On 5 Dec 2018, M1 Limited inked a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) with Jurong Port (JP) to provide a terminal-wide wireless
private network, to support the transformation of the port into an advanced
digital Smart Port. To promote greater connectivity and operational
efficiency in JP, M1 will leverage on its Heterogeneous Network
(HetNet) to enhance the network coverage in the terminal and along the port’s
berths, using licensed 4G spectrum for the wireless private network.
"The heterogeneous network solution is aligned with Jurong Port's strategic technology roadmap and this partnership will further equip Jurong Port with the technological platform for the Internet-of-Things (IoT)/ wearables endeavours and autonomous drones exploration," said Mr Sam Wei Hoong, JP's Vice President of Information Technology. Mr Denis Seek, M1's Chief Technical Officer elaborated, “In future, more IoT
and smart solutions will be developed which demand greater reliability, much
lower network latency and massive connectivity of sensors. Leveraging on our
experience in deploying a private HetNet at Jurong Port on a dense cell grid
architecture, we will be well positioned to harness exciting new 5G
capabilities and pilot innovative digital smart port use cases when 5G
technology becomes mature in the coming years.”
Jobs and Skills
Develop a Future-Ready
MPA works closely with Government agencies,
the industry and unions to develop a
future-ready maritime workforce as we move towards a more automated and
Framework for Sea Transport
provides useful information on the career pathways, skills and competencies
for the sector, as well as the relevant training programmes. Interested
individuals and maritime companies can tap on grants under the Maritime Cluster Fund – Manpower, to reskill and gear up for smoother workforce
transition. Through the Maritime Singapore Connect (MSC) Office,
MPA also aims to connect students and jobseekers to maritime opportunities,
and provide Singaporeans with easy
access to maritime careers, education and training opportunities.
engineers can enroll in the Work-Learn Technical
Diploma in Port Automation Technology,
run by PSA and ITE. It helps our students and workers acquire skillsets
necessary for a highly automated port, through a combination of structured
classroom teaching and on-the-job training at PSA.”
Speech by Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health at The Ministry of Transport’s Committee of Supply Debate 2019 on Connecting Singapore to the World, Creating Opportunities for Singaporeans
Support Maritime Companies
to Grow into Global Champions
MPA works closely with other Government
agencies, such as Enterprise Singapore (ESG), to provide the necessary
support to maritime companies to groom them into global champions. The
challenges encountered by maritime companies when expanding their footprint
overseas may include access to reliable business partners, access to funds to
support expansion and difficulties in acquiring relevant expertise and
Interested maritime companies may wish to contact MPA_ITM@mpa.gov.sg.
For queries on Sea Transport Industry Transformation
Map, you may wish to contact MPA_ITM@mpa.gov.sg.