The National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI), with the support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Friday established a SGD $18 million (13.2 million) research centre to enable Singapore’s maritime and port industries to develop innovative capabilities and enhance their global competitiveness.
The agreement to set up the new centre was signed today by Professor Chua Kee Chaing, Dean of NUS Faculty of Engineering, and Mr Toh Ah Cheong, Executive Director of SMI.
The new Centre of Excellence in Modelling and Simulation for Next Generation Ports (C4NGP) will be part of the NUS Faculty of Engineering and it will work with companies in Singapore’s maritime and port sectors to improve their technical knowhow, efficiency and productivity, and prepare them for the next phase of global competition.
At steady state, C4NGP is expected to have about 20 NUS researchers working on projects.
“NUS is delighted to partner MPA and SMI to set up this new Centre of Excellence,” said Professor Freddy Boey, NUS Senior Vice President (Graduate Education & Research Translation).
“The C4NGP will work closely with the industry to promote innovation in the port and maritime sectors and to co-create cutting-edge solutions that could advance these sectors.
“This concerted effort will greatly enhance the long-term competitiveness of the maritime and port industries, and further strengthen Singapore’s strong reputation as a global maritime hub.”
The C4NGP Governing Board chaired by Prof Boey will comprise members from key stakeholders such as MPA, SMI and industry partners.
The Centre will be jointly led by Associate Professor Chew Ek Peng and Associate Professor Lee Loo Hay from the Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Management at NUS Faculty of Engineering.
“The establishment of C4NGP is timely as it deepens our port modelling, simulation and optimisation capabilities,” said Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA.
“The centre aims to improve the planning and operations of our Next-Generation Port at Tuas and the eco-system around the port.
“It will help PSA and Jurong Port with the optimisation of their existing and future operations as part of the Industry Transformation Map.
“Beyond our ports, we hope C4NGP can be a good repository of modelling expertise as well as serve as a platform for collaboration with institutions across the world to develop and establish standards for port modelling and simulation.”
Over the next five years, C4NGP aims to focus on the following areas:
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Published: 29 June, 2018
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