The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Monday (19 April) launched digitalPORT@SGTM Phase 2 in conjunction with Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) 2021.
The initiative was announced by Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Transport, at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre on Monday afternoon itself.
The digitalPORT@SGTM Phase 2 includes a trial Just-In-Time (JIT) Planning and Coordinating Platform for port stakeholders such as ship owners, agents, terminal operators and marine service providers. This will enhance the turnaround time of ships calling at the Port of Singapore, increase port efficiency and reduce business costs.
The platform provides real-time information for port stakeholders to better coordinate, plan and allocate port resources, so that calling ships can optimise their sailing speed, route or time of arrival to achieve berth-on-arrival and seamless delivery of marine services in the port.
Besides helping to reduce the carbon footprint and reduce turnaround time for ships calling at the Port of Singapore, the platform can support marine service providers to better manage their resources.
Container liners such as COSCO Shipping Lines (Singapore), CMA CGM Group Asia Pacific, Maersk Group (Asia-Pacific region), Ocean Network Express (Singapore) and Pacific International Lines will be able to trial JIT services in Q2 2021.
Trials will also be extended to oil tankers and bunker carriers by the end of the year. When fully operationalised, this is expected to benefit more than 2000 maritime companies, and ships could shorten port stays by up to 1 day or more.
“As a pioneer user of digitalPORT@SG, CMA CGM, a world leader in shipping and logistics, has experienced more seamless vessel and port clearances that are managed by the various government offices via the single platform,” said Stephane Courquin, Chief Executive Officer of CMA CGM Asia Pacific Limited.
“Progressing into Phase 2 of the system, we are looking to tap more of its capabilities to further enhance our vessel operations and planning at the Singapore maritime port where an average of 28 vessels of the CMA CGM Group call each week.”
Photo credit: The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 20 April, 2021
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