Singapore-based terminal operator PSA has teamed up with the National University of Singapore (NUS) in order to develop automation technology for its new port of Tuas.
A memorandum of understanding has been signed which pledges joint development of curricula and programmes for NUS’ computing and engineering faculties.
These will be geared towards students working on areas such as data analytics, cyber security, automation and intelligent systems. PSA will provide problem statements and case studies for the NUS students to work on.
Tuas is in the far west of the island of Singapore and is where PSA is developing a futuristic new port area. Truck platooning has been trialled and there were even plans for a two-tiered port.
Ong Kim Pong, regional CEO of PSA International, said: “PSA has moved quickly to embrace advanced port technologies and intelligent systems, such as data analytics, automation, and robotics, at our terminals as we prepare for Singapore’s container port of the future in Tuas.”
He continued: “This MOU is therefore very timely as it allows PSA to tap NUS’ latest pedagogy and resources, and brings opportunities not only for us to equip NUS students with practical industry skills, but also gives them the chance to pursue careers with excellent prospects in PSA.”
Professor Tan Eng Chye, NUS deputy president and provost, said: “NUS is pleased to partner PSA to jointly develop manpower and capabilities relevant to the port and maritime industry. Our students could develop competencies in port operations and management through a combination of classroom learning – in the form of case studies and problem statements from PSA – and hands-on experience, for instance through internships and industry projects.