The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop 5G mobile network capabilities in the Port of Singapore.
This MoU is expected to deliver full maritime 5G coverage in the Port of Singapore’s major anchorages, fairways, terminals, and boarding grounds by mid-2025.
This will enable the Port to leverage technologies such as artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles to improve safety, effectiveness and efficiencies in maritime transport.
“Digitalisation continues to shape and transform the maritime industry, acting as a key driver for global trends such as logistics and supply chain efficiency and decarbonisation. MPA is taking the lead to help build a robust digital maritime ecosystem for Maritime Singapore, with fast, secure and high capacity 5G connectivity as one of the cornerstones to support real-time data exchanges in the maritime domain.”
The MoU was announced at the 9th edition of the International Safety@Sea Week, which is taking place in Singapore from 29 August to 2 September 2022.
During the event, the MPA also detailed ongoing upgrades to the nation’s port through the development of the Integrated Port Operations C3 (command, control and communications) system, which will be phased in from 2023 to 2026.
These upgrades will include an active anchorage management system (AAMS) that optimises the allocation of limited anchorage space. It also ensures vessels are anchored safely by considering conditions such as wind, tide, depth and proximity to hazards.
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