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  • The Business Times - 20 Jul 2014

    Ideas aplenty in port Hackathon (PDF File) - 948kb

    MPA yesterday (20 Jul 2014) announced the winners of its Smart Port Hackathon 2014, an inaugural contest that drew 25 teams with a total of 120 people. Team TBG won the first prize for developing a user-friendly and practical system that detects abnormal ship movements that might indicate potential security and safety breaches. MPA chief executive officer Andrew Tan said that he hoped the industry could use data analytics and mobile solutions to improve productivity and efficiency. Source: The Business Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The New Paper - 12 Jul 2014

    Fire Down Below (PDF File) - 1mb

    The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) led a multi-agency in Exercise Blue Dolphin to test the readiness of more than 20 agencies on 11 July 2014. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 12 Jul 2014

    Drill to ensure port keeps afloat in an emergency (PDF File) - 627kb

    Blue Dolphin, the largest emergency preparedness exercise at sea in the last five years, was conducted by the MPA. The exercise aimed to find out if various agencies are prepared for emergencies at Singapore's port. More than 1,000 personnel from 21 agencies and companies such as the People's Association, Singapore Civil Defence Force and Batam Fast Ferry took part in the exercise. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 02 Jul 2014

    North-South Line train speeds to pick up again (PDF File) - 1mb

    While work to replace all the sleepers on the North-South Line is underway, commuters will experience slower speeds along stretches with the newly installed concrete sleepers. The temporary slowdown was noted in the past few months by some commuters, who have written about it on SMRT's Facebook page in recent weeks. Netizen Nurafian Zulkifli said the replacement works occasionally increase the travelling time and delay train arrivals, causing a "severe human jam" during peak hours. Sembawang resident Eugene Ong welcomed news of the gradual speed increases. "If they can reduce travelling time, it's ideal for everyone who takes public transport." On train reliability, Minister said the number of train withdrawals and delays above five minutes are fewer in the second quarter of this year compared with the first quarter as well as last year. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 29 Jun 2014

    Car, taxi and bus - how the costs stack up (PDF File) - 1mb

    The commentary by journalist Jonathan Kwok compared the costs of owning a new car, second-hand car, taking the taxi, and taking the bus or MRT. Source: The Sunday Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 19 Jun 2014

    Part of Punggol West LRT line to open (PDF File) - 1mb

    Part of the Punggol West LRT line will open by the end of the month, giving nearby residents another option to get to Punggol MRT station or bus interchange. Three of the seven stations on the 5km loop, which was completed in 2004 but not opened until now, will start operations from 11.15am on June 29. Trains will run at a frequency of seven to eight minutes and stop at the three stations - Soo Teck, Sumang and Nibong. Four stations – Sam Kee, Teck Lee, Punggol Point and Samudera – are still closed and will open later in tandem with developments in the area. Residents interviewed by ST welcomed the opening, while Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC MP Janil Puthucheary hopes the LRT will encourage more residents to leave their cars at home, and reduce congestion on roads in and out of Punggol. “It’s going to be a very valued service,” he said. Those who live and work near the four unopened stations hope to see them open soon as well. Construction work on two additional platforms at Choa Chu Kang LRT station began this month, and they will be ready by 2016. Holland-Bukit Timah GRC MP Liang Eng Hwa said in a Facebook post that the train cars will boost the LRT system’s capacity by 50 per cent. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 14 Jun 2014

    Operating public buses: Lessons from London (PDF File) - 409kb

    Getting the public bus system right is no easy road. Private operators need to make money, commuters want affordable fares and good service. Singapore is now looking to the London solution of contracted routes.

    The Straits Times - 13 Jun 2014

    $100m aid package for airlines at Changi (PDF File) - 379kb

    Changi has extended a $100 million lifeline to help airlines cut costs amid a business slowdown. The one-year helping hand includes discounts of 50 per cent on aircraft parking and 15 per cent on aerobridge charges, as well as financial support for marketing campaigns to promote flights to Singapore. Airlines that bring more traffic through Singapore will get additional rewards, the Changi Airport Group said yesterday. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 22 May 2014

    Making a splash at sea drill (PDF File) - 1mb

    The MPA and Singapore Civil Defence Force conducted a 20-minute joint fire-fighting exercise at sea yesterday (22 May). The five vessels that were involved yesterday specialise in fire-fighting, the clean-up of oil spills and rescue efforts. Accompanying the story was a picture of the five vessels conducting the drills. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 20 May 2014

    Safety checks before ships enter shipyards here (PDF File) - 1mb

    In conjunction with the Public Service week, ST profiled two public service officers whose job scopes are more unusual. One of the two public service officers featured is 64-year-old Mr Hone Swee Sang, who works as a port chemist at MPA. His job requires him to inspect ships to ensure there is no flammable vapour in their oil tanks or cargo holds before they enter Singapore’s shipyard for repair. Mr Hone has worked for MPA for 34 years, and together with a team of nine other port chemists, his days are spent on the high seas boarding ships to conduct checks. It is a job that demands concentration and care, but Mr Hone hopes to continue working after the age of 65 if possible. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

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