Industry Transformation

Developing and Implementing the Sea Transport Industry Transformation Map  (ITM)

The Industry 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:


  1. Strengthening 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.

  2. Driving 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.

  3. Developing a 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.


Four Pillars of the Sea Transport ITM


Specific initiatives 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 technology solutions.


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 Maritime Workforce


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 digital future.


The Skills 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.

“Aspiring port 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 talent.


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