Singapore's port operator PSA Corporation Limited (PSA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) to develop a pipeline of talent for the future mega port in Tuas.
The MoU is aimed at producing data science, info-communications and engineering professionals for the Tuas port, said a joint statement by PSA and SUTD.
The new Tuas Port will harness big data, and leverage automation technologies and smart systems to raise terminal productivity and service quality, it said.
"To build the competencies required to manage the complex ecosystems in Tuas Port, PSA will contribute port related content to SUTD curriculum, giving students exposure and advancing their knowledge in smart technologies and systems used in port operations. PSA will also work with SUTD to build a talent pipeline to support PSA’s extensive network of ICT infrastructure, which is an enabler of port operations," said the statement.
PSA is also providing internship opportunities to SUTD students which enable them to learn and apply Engineering principles, Info-communications and security, and Data Science knowledge 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."
Pong added: "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.”
PSA Singapore operates the world’s largest container transhipment hub in Singapore, linking shippers to an excellent network of major shipping lines with connections to 600 ports globally.