PSA to Build Next Generation of Port Operators


PSA Corporation and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop talent and support the growth of the port industry.

According to a statement from PSA, the agreement is expected to cultivate a new generation of Data Science, Info-comms and Engineering professionals for Singapore’s future port in Tuas.

Tuas Port, which is currently undergoing a US$1.1 billion development, will harness big data and automation technologies to boost terminal productivity and service quality.

In order to build the required competencies, for managing the complex ecosystems in Tuas Port, PSA will offer port-related content to the SUTD curriculum, advancing students’ knowledge of the smart technologies and systems currently being used and developed for port operations.

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PSA will also work with SUTD to build a “talent pipeline”, supporting PSA’s extensive network of ICT infrastructure and maintaining the efficiency of port operations.

In addition to this, PSA will provide internships to selected SUTD students, enabling them to apply engineering principles and knowledge of data science to modern port operations and equipment.

Ong Kim Pong, Regional CEO Southeast Asia, PSA International, said: “PSA has adapted quickly to embark on a journey of embracing evolving technologies including digitalization, complex designs, and total system thinking efforts that are motivating the rapid changes in the maritime industry.

“Jobs are being redesigned, and we are building the competencies needed to reinforce our digital readiness. PSA values SUTD’s strength in combining design thinking and technology, and nurturing technically-grounded innovators.

“This timely partnership allows both parties to capitalise on each other’s strengths and PSA is pleased to provide SUTD students with opportunities for practical industry experience and the chance to pursue exciting careers in PSA.”



Professor Chong Tow Chong, SUTD President, also commented: “SUTD’s strategic partnership with PSA will not only offer our students valuable hands-on experience in the actual global port environment, but also encourage the free flow of information, ideas and innovation between both organisations.”

“Together, we look forward to forging new frontiers for the maritime sector and innovate new processes that are applicable to the industry’s needs.”

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