USD 1 million Next Generation Container Port Challenge Winner

The Next Generation Container Port (NGCP) Challenge came to an exciting finale today when the winner of the US$1 million grand prize was announced at the Singapore International Maritime Awards 2013 during Singapore Maritime Week.

Coming out top and walking away with the US$1 million grand prize was the team from National University of Singapore (NUS), Shanghai Maritime University (ShMU) and Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company Limited (ZPMC). The team’s proposal of “SINGA Port” impressed the judging panel with its ability to achieve high throughput and high land and labour productivity in line with the stretched goals and targets of the Challenge.

Representatives from the winning team received their prize from Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport, this evening.

A spokesperson for the winning team said “The innovative double-storey container port concept, named the SINGA (Sustainable Integrated Next Generation Advanced) port, was made possible through the synergistic and team effort of NUS, ShMU and ZPMC. The team, which includes leading researchers and highly experienced practitioners, was able to generate innovative ideas that are achievable, namely a port concept that promises high productivity and throughput, through the integration of the unique features of a double-storey structure with the latest technologies.”

In addition to the grand prize of US$1 million, commendation awards of US$100,000 each were also presented to six other teams. The list of commendation award winners (in alphabetical order) is:

S/N Team Name
1. Cogent Holdings Limited – AC Consortium Pte Ltd – Engineers Partnership LLP – E S Tang Consultants
2. Jurong Consultants
3. Moffatt & Nichol – National University of Singapore – NDI Automation – Yagertec System Solutions (S) Pte Ltd
4. Nanyang Technological University – APL Co Ltd – Fraunhofer IDM@NTU – Kalmar – VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
5. Nanyang Technological University
6. National Sun Yat-sen University – Port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan International Ports Co,. LTD – Taiwan International Ports Co,. LTD – LUP International Co., LTD – National Taiwan Ocean University – 3fp LandscapeAtelier Pte Ltd – Chi Architects & Associate

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) jointly organised the NGCP Challenge to encourage participants from all over the world to submit innovative proposals and ideas on how to plan, design and operate the next generation of container ports that exemplify performance, productivity and sustainability.

The NGCP Challenge was launched at Singapore Maritime Week in April 2012 and closed on 31 December 2012. 56 submissions from 25 countries were received for the Challenge. Seven submissions were shortlisted from this pool and the shortlisted teams presented their proposals to the judging panel, comprising representatives from Singapore government agencies and the maritime industry (Annex A), on 5 April 2013. The shortlisted concepts were also on display at the Sea Asia conference and exhibition from 9 to 11 April 2013.

Up to S$5 million has also been set aside for further research and development of various worthy concepts arising from the Challenge.

Jointly issued by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and the Singapore Maritime Institute.

About the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

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. 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. 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.

About the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI)

The Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) is a joint effort by the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA), the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). Established in Jan 2011, the mission of the SMI is to make a difference through world-class R&D, training & education and thought leadership in policy formulation for the maritime industry. The SMI aims to develop and pursue strategies and programmes in order to further enhance the development of the maritime industry. Key focus areas of the SMI include sectors such as shipping, port and maritime services as well as offshore and marine engineering.


SMI will partner with both the Institutes of Higher Learning and the Research Institutions under A*STAR to work closely with the industry to develop and grow the industry through knowledge and innovation. SMI will work towards attracting renowned academics and researchers to base in Singapore and groom the next generation of local maritime talent to meet the needs of the industry.

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Annex A

Grand prize winner of Next Generation Container Port Challenge

Grand prize winner & commendation award winners of Next Generation Container Port Challenge