A leading maritime agency driving Singapore’s global maritime aspirations
To develop and promote Singapore as a premier global hub port and
an international maritime centre, and to advance and safeguard Singapore’s strategic maritime interests
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was established on 2 February 1996, with the mission to develop Singapore as a premier global hub port and international maritime centre (IMC), and to advance and safeguard Singapore’s strategic maritime interests.
The MPA is the driving force behind Singapore's port and maritime development, taking on the roles of Port Authority, Port Regulator, Port Planner, IMC Champion, and National Maritime Representative. The MPA partners the industry and other agencies to enhance safety, security and environmental protection in our port waters, facilitate port operations and growth, expand the cluster of maritime ancillary services, and promote maritime R&D and manpower development.
For more information, please visit our website - http://www.mpa.gov.sg
About the Integrated Simulation Centre (ISC):
|The ISC was jointly set up by the Maritime & Port Authority (MPA) and the Singapore Maritime Academy - Singapore Polytechnic (SMA) to further enhance the quality and efficiency of maritime training conducted in Singapore using simulators. It is the official venue for MPA examinations on topics related to maritime simulations. ISC simulators offer different realistic scenarios for training of ship officers and crew in a risk-free environment.|
What to expect:
Students will experience first-hand state-of-the-art technology employed for seafarers’ trainings and shipping operations via sessions on the Navigation Bridges and the Engine Room Simulators. Other advanced facilities such as the Dynamic Positioning Simulation Laboratory and the Liquid Cargo Handling Simulators housed within the ISC also add to the range of maritime training capabilities it offers. Although developed primarily for the training of shipboard personnel, the ISC is also capable of conducting marine research and development for port planning.
Seafarers’ training and shipping operations.
About the Port Operation Control Centre (POCC) Vista:
Vessel traffic management operations are conducted at Port Operation Control Centre (POCC) Vista. It is equipped with the next generation Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS). The state-of-the-art VTIS is able to integrate data from various sources, including radars, Automatic Identification System, Harbour Craft Transponder System, Closed Circuit Television System and ship databases to present a comprehensive sea situation picture to MPA’s Vessel Traffic Management (VTM) operators on high-resolution displays.
Enhanced monitoring functions also assist the VTM operators in detecting potential collisions and grounding situations, so as to facilitate timely warning to ships. The enhanced capabilities will help in ensuring safety of navigation and environmental protection in the Port of Singapore and the Singapore Strait even with increases in traffic volumes.
Beside POCC-Vista, there is another POCC, POCC-Changi, in Singapore. Each centre is independently equipped to assume control of all operational areas in times of an emergency affecting one centre.. These 2 centres are manned around the clock and are fully integrated to serve as a mutual back-up system to each other.
What to expect:
Students will observe real-time actions in the operation control room and tour the viewing gallery for an overview of control operations. Students will also have an insight into shipping traffic and port control.
Vessel traffic management, shipping traffic
About the Singapore Maritime Gallery (SMG):
|The SMG was set up by the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) together with the MPA’s key industry partners to showcase Maritime Singapore and the importance of the maritime cluster in Singapore. In addition, the SMG also shows the diverse range of exciting and rewarding career options offered by the industry.|
|What to expect:
Students will get to walk through 10 zones covering a wide range of topics, which tell the story of the growth of Maritime Singapore, from a small entrepot trading post almost two centuries ago, to a premier global hub port and a leading international maritime centre today.
Some highlights include a ship bridge simulator where students are able to experience being a seafarer for a day and learn how to steer and berth a ship under various sea conditions, and a Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS) console where students will learn how to handle challenging vessel traffic management operations.
Importance of Maritime to Singapore, career opportunities.
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