The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will focus on digitalisation to help companies innovate and improve productivity. The Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) will also present the Singapore Maritime R&D Roadmap 2030 to optimise R&D efforts and resources for greater value co-creation within the maritime industry.
These were announced by Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport & Ministry of Health, at the 4th Singapore Maritime Technology Conference (SMTC) earlier this week.
Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA, said, “Innovation and digitalisation are key areas for Maritime Singapore to sharpen our competitive edge. We recognise that some companies need help to kick-start their digitalisation journey. With this in mind, we have formed the Circle of Digital InnOvators (CDO) network to champion the adoption of technology and innovation. We will also roll out the Sea Transport Industry Digital Plan to help SMEs in their digitalisation journey. We hope that through such efforts, we can bring the maritime sector to a new level.”
Circle of Digital InnOvators Network
MPA is working with the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) to encourage more maritime corporates to join the CDO network, which was set up in late 2018 to help drive transformation through the adoption of technology and innovation. The network started with 23 members, and has since expanded to 46 members.
The main goal for the CDO network is to spearhead digitalisation initiatives in the maritime industry and uplift the innovation hub status of Maritime Singapore. The programme comprises events such as learning journeys and hands-on workshops to upskill this select group of individuals in the areas of corporate innovation.
Sea Transport Industry Digital Plan to assist SMEs
MPA, in partnership with the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Enterprise Singapore (ESG) and SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), will roll out the Sea Transport Industry Digital Plan (IDP) for the ship agency and harbour craft sub-sectors.
Aligned to the Sea Transport Industry Transformation Map, the Sea Transport IDP provides small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Sea Transport industry with an easy-to-use, step-by-step guide on the digital solutions to adopt at each stage of their growth. It simplifies the process for SMEs to go digital so that they can readily access the right digital capabilities to achieve internal efficiencies, reduce cost and improve their services for sustained growth in the digital economy.
SMEs can use the IDP to identify a list of digital solutions relevant to the Sea Transport industry, which they can deploy with government co-funding support. Some of these digital solutions include ship agency management, robotic processing automation, vessel management, order booking and deployment, as well as video surveillance and monitoring.
The IDP also includes a Digital Roadmap (Training) to ensure that the industry’s workforce is adequately prepared with the necessary skills to adopt digital solutions, and is ready for changes that come with digital transformation.
A total of $3.7 million have been set aside to assist SMEs over the next three years. IDPs for other Sea Transport sub-sectors will be introduced in due course.