Smarter, vibrant, and systematic: Singapore’s future aviation and maritime hubs

Data analytics and innovation key to helping Singapore stay ahead of the competition in the aviation and maritime scenes.

08 Mar 2017

Smarter ports, a vibrant enterprise ecosystem, and systematic manpower development – these are the three key strategies that will be implemented by the Ministry of Transport (MOT) to help strengthen Singapore’s air and sea hubs.

Speaking in Parliament during the Committee of Supply debates on Wednesday, 8th March, Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo shared more details on these strategies.


According to Mrs Teo, smarter ports will “apply advanced technologies to achieve scale that is matched by superior connectivity, efficiency and reliability”.

Data analytics: PSA is studying the use of data analytics to generate insights about the flow of vessels and containers, and the test-bedding of automation solutions. The data and learnings will be applied to the planning of Tuas Terminal.


A “vibrant enterprise ecosystem” will help attract and retain businesses, and also help Singapore stay relevant and strengthen hub competitiveness, said Mrs Teo. It will also help in Singapore’s “drive for innovation”.

MPA Living Lab: The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will set up the “MPA Living Lab” by the end of 2017. The living lab will provide the essential “live” operating conditions that will facilitate test-bedding of potential innovations. Some innovations being explored include autonomous vehicles, drones, and next-generation vessel traffic management systems.


With smarter ports and a more vibrant enterprise ecosystem, the ministry expects some 13,000 new jobs in the air and sea transport sectors by 2025, with the new jobs expected to be more knowledge-intensive.

For fresh school-leavers: The SkillsFuture Earn-and-Learn Programmes for passenger service agents and ground operations specialists, which were introduced in October 2016, will have its next intake in April 2017.

For mid-careers Singaporeans: More Professional Conversion Programmes in the maritime and aviation sectors will be launched to help prepare mid-career Singaporeans for a switch to these sectors.

Singaporeans already in the aviation and maritime sectors: The MPA will enhance the Maritime Cluster Fund for Manpower Development to support a wider range of training. Some 5,000 local workers are expected to benefit from this.

Skills framework: The Skills Framework for the Sea Transport sector, developed in consultation with the industry and unions, will be launched in April this year. A framework for the air transport sector will also be developed.


The MPA will pilot LNG bunkering operations in Singapore in an effort to promote the adoption of cleaner marine fuels.