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About the Challenge

The Next Generation Container Port (NGCP) Challenge aims to raise awareness of the research and development needs and foster innovation within the maritime industry. The Challenge also seeks to encourage greater partnerships between industry and academia to invent new concepts and ideas for the maritime sector.

This competition will challenge international participants to think beyond existing conventions and submit radical new proposals to plan, design and operate a future container port.

Overview of Challenge

Overview of NGCP Challenge Document

  • View the overview slides presented at the launch on the NGCP Challenge document HERE.
  • Register to participate and access the full NGCP Challenge document. 


  • The Challenge will be open to all interested individuals, professionals, companies, tertiary institutions and research institutes of any nationality.
  • Eligibility will not be limited to those in the maritime sector to encourage cross-sharing and adoption of ideas from other domains.
  • Participation via consortiums or teams is preferred but not required.
  • Interested parties may now indicate their interest on this challenge webpage to receive updates.
  • Official registration begins 27 April 2012.


The competition will be judged by an international panel comprising representatives from the Singapore government and the maritime industry and academic institutions.


The winners of the competition will receive a US$1 million cash prize. Commendation prizes may also be awarded to deserving teams. Up to S$5 million in R&D grants will be considered for award to selected teams to pursue further research on their proposals.

Key dates

October 2011 Announcement of Next Generation Container Port Challenge
27 April 2012 Launch of detailed problem statement and competition document during Singapore Maritime Week 2012, which is from 22 – 27 April
Open of registration for NGCP Challenge
31 July 2012 Close of registration for NGCP Challenge 
31 December 2012 Submission of proposals
15 March 2013 Announcement of shortlisted teams
 5 April 2013 Judging of shortlisted teams by NGCP Challenge International Judging Panel
 9 - 11 April 2013 Exhibition by shortlisted teams at Sea Asia 2013 Conference & Exhibition (Booth J16), Marina Bay Sands Singapore 
11 April 2013 Announcement of prize winners at the Singapore International Maritime Awards 2013, Shangri-la Hotel


Latest News

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The NGCP Challenge is jointly organised by:


Supported by:


Singapore Maritime Institute
DID: (65) 6375-1648
Fax: (65) 6270-2885
Email: portchallenge@maritimeinstitute.sg

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