Smart Port Hackathon 2015

  When thinking about Maritime Singapore, many people are likely to focus on the Port of Singapore as the world’s busiest transhipment hub, handling about one-seventh of the world’s container transhipment throughput (31 million TEUs in 2013) and more than 500 million tonnes of cargo annually.   But it is more than a port. Maritime Singapore is a thriving eco-system of maritime and port services that involves 5,000 organisations across the Singapore business landscape, employing 170,000 people and contributing 7% of Singapore’s GDP. It is these services that were a big contributor to Singapore being named the Global Maritime Capital in May 2015 over the likes of Hamburg, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
  We need all parts of the maritime supply chain to be functioning efficiently and effectively to contribute to our continuing success and competitiveness. Complementing Singapore’s best-in-class port with leading logistics and supply chain management expertise will enable the development of more specialised hubs, like we have seen here with aerospace, chemicals, electronics and healthcare industries.   At the Smart Port Hackathon 2015, we were looking for innovative ideas that leveraged technology, created synergies, and provided seamlessness and reliability in information flows and operational processes among the many stakeholders to maintain Singapore’s position as a world-class international maritime centre.

Thanks for joining us!

Building on the success of the inaugural Smart Port Hackathon 2014, this year’s hackathon brought together, for the first time, the range of stakeholders in the maritime supply chain to explore new innovations to improve efficiency of the industry and increase Singapore’s competitiveness.

The second edition of the Smart Port Hackathon saw developers, data scientists, developers, industry professionals, and more passionate citizens come together to produce 21 unique prototypes, ranging from a comprehensive 3D visualisation of Singapore waters, to a digital dematerialisation tool for documents, based on Block chain; from a notification tool for ferry terminal customers based on geofencing, to a delivery booking system for trucking companies that reduces waiting time and operational costs.

We’d like to thank all the participants for their invaluable contributions that made the Smart Port Hackathon 2015 a success!


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Singapore’s strategic location and state-of-the-art port facilities have propelled it into the ranks of the top international maritime hubs. Increasingly, the competitive position of a hub port is not only determined by its internal efficiency and productivity, but also by its links in the supply chain. In other words, co-ordination and integration among the various stakeholders in the supply chain is becoming more important than ever. The Port of Singapore has leveraged its position to develop a thriving ecosystem of port and maritime services that support its activities, and has helped Singapore develop a high value-add regional supply chain hub. The success of the Port depends on ensuring the safe passage of vessels in our waters and efficient port operations to minimise time at berth for loading and discharging cargo, and for supplies of provisions and spares, while maintaining a focus on sustainability. Concurrently, we must continually improve the speed at which goods can move through the supply chain, delivering benefits for suppliers and customers alike. We need to draw on similar skill-sets to establish Singapore as a regional cruise hub. The overarching themes of the hackathon were: • Productivity: Enabling the maritime / port industry to do more with less manpower through the use of technology. • Efficiency: Improving our processes continually to keep Singapore ahead of regional competitors. • Sustainability: Developing sustainable practices into the business to minimise its environmental impact.


Smart Port Hackathon 2015 embraced a multi-stakeholder approach and challenges you to focus on these three related areas:

Maritime Logistics Supply Chain

  The success story of Port of Singapore is due to the efficiency and effectiveness of the maritime supply chain. It is imperative that we take an integrated supply chain management approach to the identification of opportunities for improvement to better position ourselves against emerging regional competitors.  

a. Facilitating Smooth Movement of Vessels in Singapore Waters

There is a ship arriving or departing Singapore waters every three minutes. Harbour pilots board them to help navigate these vessels in Singapore waters. With only 250 harbour pilots in Singapore spread across six terminals, each pilot must manage two to three vessels at one time and only focus on vessels that they are assigned to. Upon arrival, the goal is to berth the vessels as soon as possible. Untimely information flow and communications result in sub-optimal deployment of pilots to vessels, which result in berthing delays and channel congestion. This has a ripple effect on the movement into/out of port of other ships, potentially causing delays. • How can we improve the planning and coordination of ship movements in Singapore waters, to expedite berthing / unberthing and facilitate smoother channel navigation?  

b. Enhancing the Monitoring of Port Service Levels

• How will information, such as how long a vessel stays in anchorage before she goes to an oil terminal or berth, be useful to the industry? • How can information on the service levels of pilotage/towage/garbage collection help improve efficiency of the service providers? • How can industry provide data to measure the KPIs of terminal operators pertaining to berth occupancy, vessel turnaround time and time at berth?  

c. Efficient Port Operations – Trucking

The trucking process into and out of the port is the interface between maritime and inland transport. Thus, the smooth functioning of this process is vital to the efficiency of the entire supply chain, as any delay will have a ripple effect down the line. With a shortage of drivers, it is crucial that this resource be used effectively. For example, a haulier that brings a container into the port for export can at the same time pick up a container that had just come down from a ship for import into Singapore. The efficient transfer of containers off and on the hauliers also depends on coordination with activities in the port, to ensure this can be done in the shortest time possible. The port’s resources need to be planned beforehand to serve these hauliers and to do this, accurate forecasting of the trucking movements into and out of the port plays an important role. Intermodal containers (the standardised reusable steel boxes) are used to store and move materials and products efficiently and securely across the maritime supply chain. The condition of the containers is a consideration that may be easily overlooked, but is important to the safekeeping of the goods inside. Checking for the container condition is currently a manual and arduous process that takes up valuable time and resources of different stakeholders across the supply chain. • How can we better coordinate trucking activity into and out of the port, in order to improve turnaround and resource optimisation? • How do we better analyse domestic road traffic generated by sea port activities to facilitate better land use planning, i.e. knowing the number of goods vehicles, their origins, destination points, travelling times and patterns etc?  

d. Enhancing General Cargo Terminal Operations

There is a wide variety of non-containerised cargo discharging at Jurong Port (for example, steel, machinery, etc.), and such cargoes come in different shapes and sizes. Often, the port is unable to assess the exact dimension and cater for appropriate storage. Information is only available on the type of incoming cargo and its weight. This lack of information causes both unloading and yard planning delays. This result is increased processing time for stevedores and ships waiting in berth to unload their cargo. • How might we help Jurong Port and stevedores to better manage the unloading and storage planning to increase the non-containerised cargo handling rates?

Maritime Services Value Chain


Enhancing the Ship Supplies Ecosystem

Ship chandlers, lighter terminals and lighter operators play important roles in the provision of supplies to carriers at sea. A mother vessel will often request for various supplies from a range of different suppliers, either directly or through the services of ship chandlers. In response, these ship suppliers will truck the cargo to pre-arranged lighter boats for final delivery to the mother vessel. Currently, the arrival times of lighter boats and supply trucks are not coordinated, resulting in lengthy wait time for both landside and seaside. This “rush to wait, wait to rush” problem is limiting the terminal’s operational productivity. Transferring cargo at lighter terminals use shore cranes to load to the lighter boats before delivery to the mother vessel in the anchorages. Currently, these cranes are not optimally utilised – there is no available system to manage the frequency of lifts to ensure even distribution between cranes to maximise productivity. The current procurement process of ship supplies by mother vessels involves the manual handling of hundreds of inquiries and quotations to each supplier on a daily basis. The manual process results in longer turnaround times for order fulfilment, as well as difficulty in order tracking, which in turn impacts timeliness of deliveries to vessels. The ordering of supplies, their supply to the port and loading of lighter vessels all provide opportunities for process improvement. • How might we help lighter terminals better coordinate and manage crane operations to ensure proper allocation of cranes to lighters and equal distribution of cargo lifts? • How might we enhance the procurement process to improve efficiency in ordering, tracking and timely delivery of supplies to ships? • How might we better coordinate information flow and communications among the stakeholders (lighter terminal, lighter boats and supply trucks) to provide seamless delivery of cargo and minimise wait time for both lighter boats and supply trucks?

Cruise / Ferry Terminal Operations


Enhancing Cruise Terminal Operations

Currently, there is an overflow of passengers arriving too early to the cruise terminal that use the non-restricted facility zones as a meeting point (often hours in advance), especially during peak periods like school holidays. These passengers include those who are being dropped off by tour buses, as well as individual travellers who check out of their hotels early. The result is a capacity issue, and the congestion can negatively impact the overall ferry / cruise terminal experience. • How might we influence the behaviour of passengers and incentivise them to arrive on schedule and minimise congestion at the terminal due to early arrivals?



Data & Tech Workshop

Best for: Technology and data enthusiasts who want to be introduced to the datasets unclocked for the Smart Port Hackathon, as well as the available technology platforms. Learn about the potential for technology and data applications in the maritime industry.
Programme Outline • Introduction to the Smart Port Hackathon 2015 • Introduction to Challenges – Desmond Ong, Manager, Special Terminals, Jurong Port; Ken Soh, CIO, BH Global; Desmond Tay, Manager, MPA • Reducing Port Turnaround Time – Capt Leong Soon Huat, Head, Marine Ops, APL • Ideas for Collaborative Logistics – Wang Chen, SAP Consultant • Introduction to and Accessing datasets Caesar Loh, Manager (IT), MPA; Shantanu Alshi, Data Analyst, DEX • Introduction to Whispir API – Sanjeev Mandalapu, Evangelist, Whispir • Data Visualisation Tools & Techniques – Mrinal Daryani, Product Consultant, Tableau • IBM BlueMix Workshop – Justin Lee, Technical Evangelist, IBM • Team Matchmaking
Date: Wednesday, 5 August 2015 Time: 6.30pm – Dinner & Registration 7-9pm – Programme Venue: LT4B, Block T4A, Singapore Polytechnic, 500 Dover Rd, S(139651)

Industry Workshop

Best for: All hackathon participants who want to get an orientation on the industry and hear from a range of key industry players.
Programme Outline • Introduction to the Smart Port Hackathon 2015 • Overview of Port Services Ecosystem – Capt Mark Heah, Associate Principal Consultant, STET Maritime • Opportunities in Using Technology to Manage Next Gen Port – Eugene Khoo, Project Director, MPA • Application of Data Analytics in Maritime Industry – Stephen Chow, CEO, Sense InfoSys • Introduction to Challenges – Desmond Ong, Manager, Special Terminals, Jurong Port; Ken Soh, CIO, BH Global; Desmond Tay, Manager, MPA • Introduction to and Accessing datasets Caesar Loh, Manager (IT), MPA; Shantanu Alshi, Data Analyst, DEX • Team Matchmaking
Date: Wednesday, 12 August 2015 Time: 6.30pm – Dinner & Registration 7-9pm – Programme Venue: LT4B, Block T4A, Singapore Polytechnic, 500 Dover Rd, S(139651) Register Now

Hackathon Kick-off Night

Programme Outline • Opening Address by Guest of Honour, Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport • Keynote Speech by Mr Esben Poulsson, President of Singapore Shipping Association • Recap on Challenges, Datasets and Technology available • Idea Pitching • Team Formation
Date: Friday, 14 August 2015 Time: 6.00pm – Dinner & Registration 7-9pm – Programme Venue: LT1A, Block T1A, Singapore Polytechnic, 500 Dover Rd, S(139651) Register Now


Programme Outline 15 August • Registration, hacking starts • Consultations with industry experts • Hacking continues till venue closes at 10pm 16 August • Registration, hacking starts • Team presentations/judging • Results announcements and closing by MPA Chief Executive
Dates: Saturday-Sunday, 15-16 August 2015 Time: (15 Aug) 9am – 10pm & (16 Aug) 9am – 5:30pm Venue: Club Ignite, Block T4A, Singapore Polytechnic, 500 Dover Rd, S(139651) Register Now



Here’s our list of speakers, industry experts and judges for the Smart Port Hackathon events!


Guest of Honour

Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport


Speakers (Industry)

  • Capt Leong S.H., Head of Marine Operations, Asia-Pac, APL
  • Fiona Luo, Senior Specialist, Global Marine Operations, APL
  • Ken Soh, CIO, BH Global
  • Desmond Ong, Manager, Special Terminals, Jurong Port
  • Capt. Mark Heah, Principal Consultant, STET Maritime
  • Eugene Khoo, Project Director, Next Gen Port, MPA
  • Stephen Chow, CEO, Sense InfoSys
  • Esben Poulsson, President, Singapore Shipping Association

Speakers (Technology)

  • Wang Chen, Data Scientist, SAP
  • Justin Lee, Technical Evangelist, IBM
  • Sanjeev Mandalapu, Evangelist, Whispir
  • Mrinal Daryani, Product Consultant, Tableau

Industry Experts (For Consultation)

  • Capt. Ang Chin Eng, Technical Director, Singapore Shipping Association
  • Capt Leong S.H., Head of Marine Operations, Asia-Pac, APL
  • Ken Soh, CIO, BH Global
  • Shawn Lee, Senior Executive, Lighterage Operations, Jurong Port
  • Stephen Chow, CEO, Sense InfoSys
  • Will Tan, VP (IT), Singapore Cruise Centre
  • Albert Wong, AVP (Ferry Operations), Singapore Cruise Centre
  • Justin Lee, Technical Evangelist, IBM
  • Sanjeev Mandalapu, Evangelist, Whispir

Judges (Open Category)

  • Toh Ah Cheong, Director (Technology), MPA
  • Shaj Thayil, Head of Global Technical Service, APL
  • Danny Lien, President, Singapore Association of Ship Suppliers
  • Sim Chear Wah, VP (IT), Jurong Port
  • Willis Sim, Chief Product Development and Corporate Solutions Officer, M1
  • Stephan Wissel, IBM Cloud Development Advocate for ASEAN, IBM

Judges (Student Category)

  • Goh Kwong Heng, CIO, MPA
  • Stephen Chow, CEO, Sense InfoSys
  • Michael Phoon, Executive Director, Singapore Shipping Association
  • Stephan Wissel, IBM Cloud Development Advocate for ASEAN, IBM

Capt Leong Soon Huat, Head, Marine Operations, APL

With over 35 years of experience in the shipping industry, Capt Leong specialises in vessel schedule planning and execution, vessel operating efficiency, schedule integrity, container stowage, hazmat planning and optimisation, and safety & environmental compliance with international statutory regulations. He also has to his credit an optimised ship routing project, which helped reduce operational costs by $20m for two consecutive years.

Capt Ang Chin Eng, Technical Director, Singapore Shipping Association

Capt Ang has 40 years of experience in diverse areas of the maritime industry, having served as a seafarer, port captain, and senior lecturer before joining the Singapore Shipping Association. He is a qualified ship captain and accountant. His areas of expertise include nautical science, ship operations and safety, sail and powered boating, and accountancy.

Will Tan, VP (IT), Singapore Cruise Centre

At the Singapore Cruise Centre, Will develops information security strategies against both internal and external threats. He has planned, identified and deployed IT solutions and technology to improve overall efficiency. Will engineered the conceptualization and development of a new system for cruise ship berth application and berth allocation at the HFPT. Will has developed various IT policies governing the IT Operation in SCCPL and has achieved zero audit point in the annual IT external audit for the last 3 years.

Albert Wong, AVP (Ferry Operations), Singapore Cruise Centre

Albert is an experienced terminal operations manager with over 20 years of cruise and ferry operations experience. Albert is currently in charge of the ferry operations at HarbourFront, Tanah Merah and Pasir Panjang terminals. As head of ferry operations, he is responsible for the customer service and operational efficiency of the ferry operations. Albert lead SCCPL to be the first sea terminal in Singapore to implement TOPSIS (Threat-Oriented Passenger Screening Integrated System) at Tanah Merah and HarbourFront terminals. Albert has also revamped the ferry timeslots allocation system in 2012 optimizing the use of berths and improving productivity.

Stephen Chow CEO, Sense InoSys

A former intelligence officer with over 25 years of experience with the Republic of Singapore Navy, Stephen is now the founder and CEO of two data analytics start-ups. Specialising in counter-terrorism, he was formerly employed as the Director of a mutli-agency maritime sense-making setup. He participated in the inaugural Smart Port Hackathon, and continues to connect with students to work toward the maritime apps economy.

Ken Soh, CIO, BH Global

Ken is responsible for the group info-communication and technology (ICT) practices and technology based business development initiatives at BH Global. Ken has more than 23 years of working experience in the ICT industry, and has previously held enterprise-wide master planning and implementation responsibilities.

Shawn Lee,Senior Executive, Operations – Lighterage, Jurong Port

In his role as SE, Lighter Terminals, Shawn assisted in leading the team in implementing the new target operating model at both Penjuru and Marina South. He also assists the Special Projects & Data Analytics team to drive operational processes and change in relation to the operations division. He is also required to assist and facilitate special projects with the team through engagements with senior management and various internal operations departments to drive project implementation in a sustainable manner aligning to operations strategy set out.

Sanjeev Mandalapu, Evangelist, Whispir

Sanjeev is a technology generalist with 15 years of IT & business experience. He has worked on social networks, financial, media & communications, business architecting IT solutions, and delivery. He specialises in cloud-centric development, APIs, and Big Data analysis. As an evangelist at Whispir, he specialises in cross-channel communication platforms.

Justin Lee, Technical Evangelist, IBM BlueMix

Justin Lee is an IBM Cloud Technical Evangelist and Developer Relations in Cloud Team. He reaches out to developers and startups to help them grow with emerging technology on Cloud. He is an active contributor to the technical community, organising community-led events like GeekcampSG and FOSSASIA. Justin has been a developer since young, dabbling in everything from C++ to C#, from web development to mobile development.



Check out the winning ideas from the hackathon!


Addresses the waiting time loss of lighterage due to communication gap between vessels, ship agents, lighter companies via a real time tracking system. The dashboard illustrates truckers, lighterage, cargo and port details for just-in-time decision making. Each party can view the relevant information.

Brain Wave

Storage solution for non-containerised cargo that uses a camera sensor with back end script to capture dimensions of the cargo. This information is then processed to allocate cargo to appropriate berth and warehouse.

Main Street

TOVS (Terminal Optimised Visualisation System) – Historical database to predict unberthing times and suggest best practices for corrective action to minimise impact. Dashboard addresses the difficulty of predicting the time impact of incidences.


Enterprise resource planning tool that parses real-time data (from emails, etc) to make it easy for suppliers to put into their internal systems. Aimed like supply companies like BH Global or anyone managing large amounts of data.


Optimising shipping supplies and provisions with a dashboard communication system showing heat map of berthing slots. The system shows delays in ship arrival times and alerts relevant parties accordingly.


Got Jobs? – A solution that tackles the challenge of labour / driver shortage, by making visible haulier jobs with an easy-to-use app. This GrabTaxi-like app allows drivers to find and book jobs around them, view commission details. The app is accompanied with a dashboard for job-providers to submit jobs, edit their details, etc

Port Map

Communications system between truckers, lighters, suppliers to instantly alert stakeholders of updates (delays, etc). Shipping agents can use this real-time berth booking system to update relevant parties. This schedule can also be shared with port operators. Truckers can use their smartphones to provide updates on their status (ETA, delays). Authorities can also issue clearance for […]

Team Coconut

A nifty tool for ferry terminal customers where each customer receives a notification the night before departure along with a discount for use of UBER to use at a specific time as an incentive to arrive just-in-time. The solution geo-fences customers so that the customer gets a push-notification if they are within 500m of Departure […]


A three-fold solution that consists of discounts to counter passengers inertia to move out of Departure Zone, an express queue for the “kiasu” passengers and brochures with shopping coupons for “techni-capped” passengers. The shopping discounts can be used to divert passengers away from the terminal. To gain access to the Express Queue, passengers can scan […]

Smart Truck

Smart Chart – A delivery booking system geared towards Container Depot Association members that allows trucking companies to select a time range for their delivery and a cost associated with it. Proposed as an add-on service to their CMS systems. The info could also be shared with PSA for visibility and planning.

Pilot Project

PortStat – A tool to allow pilots to view the status at destination berth for delays and crane status by sharing existing information. Pilots can use this info to re-schedule deployments of pilots and tugs, alter speeds etc. This helps better allocate pilots, tugs, agents and money.

Team TBG

A 3D visualisation that shows ships in the area, land, weather conditions (clouds, haze), and tidal data points. Provides VTIS operators with better situational awareness by helping them understand real-time conditions. Also, shows VTIS officer the pilot’s view as well as a holistic view of port waters / environment.


First Prize


First Prize

Second Prize


Second Prize

Third Prize


Third Prize

Best Use of Data


M1 Data Analytics Prize

Best Tech

up to 4 x $1000

Honorable Mentions

Best Design


Best Student Team

First Prize

$12,000 in IBM Cloud Credits


An Apple iPad for each team member

Best IBM BlueMix App

Third Prize

$15,000 in M1 Cloud Service credits


An Apple iPad for each team member

M1 Best Hack Prize



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