Singapore to Develop Digital Twin Tech


Dr Lam Pin Min, Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Transport, has opened the Centre of Excellence in Modelling and Simulation of Next Generation Ports (C4NGP).

Operated by the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI), C4NGP is expected to deepen research, and promote innovation, within Singapore’s port sector.

Speaking at the ceremony, Min said: “The port is a cornerstone of our maritime ecosystem, connecting Singapore to more than 600 ports in some 120 countries. It is thus critical that our port stays ahead of competition.

“To cater for ever larger vessels and increased activities within our port waters, we are building the new Tuas Terminal to scale up our port capacity.”

Dr Jean-Paul Rodrigue discusses the digitalization of trade and logistics in a recent Port Technology technical paper

In order to increase the competitiveness of the future Tuas terminal, smarter systems and automation technologies will be implemented at the port.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has also been pursuing digitalization, developing the Maritime Single Window as a digital platform or all port-related processes and transactions.

One of the research projects already underway at C4NGP is the “digital twin” for ports, which creates a virtual replica of physical port systems to test operational efficiency.

In addition to this, digital twin simulation would allow ports to create testing scenarios for possible disruptions to operations, including natural disasters and extreme weather.



Min, looking ahead to the future, also stated: “Apart from its own projects, C4NGP will collaborate with like-minded organisations in both industry and academia.

“We will witness today the signing of seven memoranda of understanding between C4NGP and its partners.

“Each of these signals the start of a fruitful and productive collaboration, and brings the maritime and research communities together to share knowledge and ideas.”

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