When thinking about Maritime Singapore, many people are likely to focus on the Port of Singapore as the world’s busiest transhipment hub, handling about one-seventh of the world’s container transhipment throughput (31 million TEUs in 2013) and more than 500 million tonnes of cargo annually.
But it is more than a port. Maritime Singapore is a thriving eco-system of maritime and port services that involves 5,000 organisations across the Singapore business landscape, employing 170,000 people and contributing 7% of Singapore’s GDP.
It is these services that were a big contributor to Singapore being named the Global Maritime Capital in May 2015 over the likes of Hamburg, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
We need all parts of the maritime supply chain to be functioning efficiently and effectively to contribute to our continuing success and competitiveness.
Complementing Singapore’s best-in-class port with leading logistics and supply chain management expertise will enable the development of more specialised hubs, like we have seen here with aerospace, chemicals, electronics and healthcare industries.
At the Smart Port Hackathon 2015, we were looking for innovative ideas that leveraged technology, created synergies, and provided seamlessness and reliability in information flows and operational processes among the many stakeholders to maintain Singapore’s position as a world-class international maritime centre.