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SimPlus at Maritime Innovation Lab

SimPlus at Maritime Innovation Lab

On MPA’s invitation, SimPlus has set up a base at the Maritime Innovation Lab (MIL). The ongoing research project for a Proof-of-Concept for Just in Time Planning and Coordination System is parked under the MIL setup.

The MIL is part of the broader MPA Living Lab efforts and consists of both physical and digital aspects to serve as a co-creation platform for innovation. The purpose-built facility will create an environment that enables experimentation and the test-bedding of innovative port services and intelligent ship operations. It also supports the Sea Transport Industry Transformation Map through encouraging open innovation and R&D partnerships among industry, regulator and the research and technology communities. Through the MIL setup, SimPlus will continue actively engaging in the latest innovation projects for the maritime industry.

Just-in-time arrivals, how ready are we?

Just-in-time arrivals, how ready are we?

SimPlus has been awarded a research project by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, to design and build a prototype Planning and Coordination System to facilitate the Just-in-Time arrivals of vessels, where port services are automatically provided upon vessel arrivals through real-time information sharing and coordinated planning.

JIT has been successfully implemented in other industries such as manufacturing. The central requirement to JIT is to be able to forecast demand accurately, which in the maritime context translates to providing wider information visibility on vessel status to the various players in the port maritime ecosystem. We believe that the advancement in technology, the willingness to adopt technologies and the need for collaborative decision-making have created an opportunity window for the maritime industry to revisit the JIT concept.

The project will involve various stakeholders to understand their requirements, considerations, and constraints, analyze the user requirements and come up with a framework for an information sharing system to facilitate JIT services in port. Scalability, extendability as well as interoperability of the system will be carefully considered in the process. The ultimate objectives are to reduce the turnaround time of vessels in port and optimize port resources and operation efficiency of service providers, whereby the port handling capacity will be enhanced.

The project aligns with SimPlus’ vision of enabling Smart Ports and we are excited to be part of this new initiative, working towards a future-ready Next Generation Port of Singapore.

Major milestone in Tuas Reclamation Project

Major milestone in Tuas Reclamation Project

Mr. Khaw Boon Wan, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, witnessed the installation of the 221st and final caisson for Tuas Terminal Phase 1 reclamation today. “We have been reclaiming from the sea since independence. But the Tuas reclamation project is not more of the same; it applies complex state-of-the-art engineering expertise, using caissons for higher efficiency and safety…” said Mr. Khaw. The caisson transfer and installation, along with other marine activities including dredging and sand deposit, has been made safe and efficient based on the recommendations from the Formal Safety Assessments carried out by SimPlus.

The Tuas Terminal development project is a centerpiece of Singapore’s next-generation port vision entailing the consolidation of container port activities at all city terminals at Tanjong Pagar, Pasir Panjang, Keppel and Brani. Commenced in 2015, Phase 1 reclamation works are three-quarters completed and on schedule to be fully completed in 2021. When fully completed in 2040, Tuas Terminal is expected to be the largest container terminal in the world with a total capacity of up to 65 million TEUs.

SimPlus is proud to have contributed to this state-of-the-art maritime setup. Besides FSAs, we provide smart vessel tracking and monitoring solutions for the contractors and work closely with MPA to ensure the risk of marine operations is kept to as low as reasonably practical.

A video clip can be found from the MPA facebook page on the introduction of the project. Picture courtesy of MPA.

SimPlus at the 2018 International Symposium in Modelling and Simulation for Smart Systems

SimPlus at the 2018 International Symposium in Modelling and Simulation for Smart Systems

SimPlus was invited to present at the 2018 International Symposium in Modelling and Simulation for Smart Systems (MSG 2018). Our Managing Director Ms Stuti Nautiyal joined the panel discussion to share her ideas on the latest technical trends, research developments, and practical applications in maritime systems. Other panelists include practitioners from PSA International and ST Logistics.

Organized by the Centre of Excellence in Modelling and Simulation for Next Generation Ports (C4NGP), MSQ 2018 was held in National University of Singapore (NUS) on October 18 and 19, 2018, attracting over 100 participants from universities and industries. C4NGP was jointly established by NUS and Singapore Maritime Institute, to help Singapore’s maritime and port industries to develop innovative capabilities and enhance their global competitiveness. SimPlus looks forward to working hand in hand with C4NGP to enable smarter ports.

How feasible is remote pilotage

How feasible is remote pilotage

Singapore has one of the world’s busiest hub port and waterways, hosting more than 1000 vessels at any one time. Vessels would call at pilot boarding grounds to pick up pilots, where the slowing down and speeding up maneuvers may cause traffic conflicts and navigational risks, especially during the peak hours.

SimPlus has joined the ST Electronics to work on an innovative project to assess the technology readiness for remote pilotage. SimPlus licensed its Vessel Traffic Simulation System (VTSS) for the simulation of vessel traffic movement, and congestion / risk prediction based on the vessels’ passage plans. VTSS comes with a machine learning engine that captures past and real-time data for vessel routing prediction. It has accumulated millions of historical movement records and established realistic trajectories for different vessel types in the Port.

The project is run under MPA’s Living Lab facility. MPA Living Lab provides a technology partnership platform, with sufficient scale and real operating conditions in the port of Singapore, that technology providers and industry partners can plug into for the co-development and piloting of innovations.

Showcase at International Safety@Sea Week 2018

Showcase at International Safety@Sea Week 2018

SimPlus was invited by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to showcase its gamut of software and solutions targeted to maritime safety, at the International Safety@Sea Conference 2018. Driven by real-time and predictive analytics, the Near-term Collision Prediction and Avoidance system has been running 24/7 at MPA’s Port Operations Control Centre, to assist its duty officers to detect possible conflicts among vessels at the precautionary areas and send early warnings to vessels for preventive actions. Its ship-borne version, vTrack (Vessel Tracking System) and VTSS (Vessel Traffic Simulation System) were were also demonstrated during the exhibition.

Organised by MPA, the International Safety@Sea Conference is a platform for industry practitioners across different sectors of the maritime industry to share best safety practices at sea. This initiative is part of the Safety@Sea Week, which aims to enhance safety by raising safety awareness and instilling a safety-first culture. International Safety@Sea Week 2018 runs from 18 to 22 June. More information can be found here.