To be competitive, we must constantly enhance the productivity of those who manage port operations by providing them with the right blend of knowledge, skills and technology-enabled tools. We must provide assistance in managing complex processes to identify and reduce risk areas and mitigate impacts on the rest of the eco-system.

Equally, we must attract talents to the industry, while seeking alternative solutions to meet the challenges that these jobs offer to make them more attractive to job-seekers of the digital age.

Productivity challenges:

• How can we detect illegal activities within port waters? • How can data be utilized to provide insights and enhance the random checking process? • How can the services of service providers be better monitored to track whether they meet the service providers’ KPIs? • How can current manual tracking surveillance of vessels which come alongside targeted vessels be automated?


As we develop our human capital to drive productivity increases, we must constantly innovate our processes and systems underpinned by increasingly available datasets to drive improved operational efficiency, for example, managing the navigational channels and anchorage to ensure that marine traffic is smooth flowing and congestion free. With continuous improvements, our maritime and port operations will be able to stay ahead of our competitors.

Efficiency challenges:

• How can location data be used to understand congestion hot spots? • What can be done to better predict berthing times? • What models can be developed to enable early detection of incidents and prevent near misses? • How can servicing of vessels be better coordinated to maximize services utilisation?


Enhanced efficiency must be executed against a framework that recognises and minimises the impact on the environment. The industry has a responsibility to manage sustainability issues, both at sea and on land in terms of energy-efficient vessels and waste management and emission mitigation, especially with the limited resources and when we further develop our port facilities to meet future growth. The maritime industry also needs to better inform the public of its positive actions in sustainability.

Increasing productivity and efficiency will enable Singapore to maintain its position as one of the world top ports and doing this concurrently with good management of its environmental impact, will ensure that its growth and industry is sustainable in the years ahead.

Sustainability challenges:

• How can we track the current levels of emissions for the industry? • How can we track and compare the air quality surrounding the ports? • What programmes could be further developed to encourage and help local maritime firms to reduce emission of pollutants?

Challenges faced by the Maritime Industry

How to have access to advanced and timely changes in information such as berthing schedules, berth location, anchorage allocation and etc to improve productivity and efficiency?

While the port terminals and warehouses work round the clock, there are some sectors that do not operate 24 x 7, for example container depots, which are crucial as part of the supply chain. If the supply chain is affected, it will adversely affect its efficiency, particularly the logistics providers. An important issue to address is that are there ways in which technology could help to improve the efficiency without 24 x 7 operations in the whole logistics supply chain?

Challenges faced by the NGP2030:

• Technology advances rapidly and is constantly evolving, is it possible to have a technology solution now that is current and yet able to remain relevant in the years ahead? • With so many technologies available in the market, what is the right blend of technologies to support our vision of a Next Generation Port (NGP)?