Participants can win $1.4m in the Next Generation Container Port Challenge

Mr Heng Chiang Gnee and Capt M Segar at the launch of the Next Generation Container Port Challenge

Anyone who is interested in coming up with a proposal for a new generation of container ports can now do so in a competition that has a top prize of US$1 million (S$1.4 million).

The aim of the Next Generation Container Port (NGCP) Challenge is to achieve three targets - port performance, productivity and sustainability - for a new generation of container port that is set 10 years in the future.

Jointly organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI), the NGCP Challenge was officially launched today by Captain M Segar, MPA's Assistant Chief Executive (Operations), at Mandarin Oriental Singapore.

Participants will be required to consider several operating specifications such as a handling capacity of at least 20 million twenty-foot equivalent units, 24/7 operations and a 90 per cent berth on arrival for ships.

Their design should also be operational within the given land profile and also be environmentally sustainable.

These specifications are challenges currently faced by many established container ports around the world.

The winning proposal will be announced at the next Singapore Maritime Week (SMW), which will take place from April 7 to 12, 2013.

In addition to the top prize, MPA and SMI will also set aside $5 million in R&D grant to develop promising proposals and concepts.

Before the winner and commendation awards are announced, shortlisted proposals will also be displayed in a public exhibition that will be held in conjunction with SMW 2013.

"As a leading container hub port, it is important for Singapore to continually innovate and leverage on cutting-edge technologies to operate the container ports of the future.

"The NGCP Challenge serves to support SMI's R&D strategy on R&D for breakthrough applications as well as to develop our thought leadership in port design," said Mr Heng Chiang Gnee, Executive Director of SMI.

Registration for the international competition is open till July 31, 2012.

Participants will have to submit their proposals by Dec 31, 2012.

Submissions will be evaluated by an international panel, comprising representatives from the Singapore government and the maritime industry.

For more details on the challenge statement, visit www.maritimeinstitute.sg/portchallenge.

spanaech@sph.com.sg

Become a fan on Facebook