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  • The Business Times - 30 Sep 2014

    Changi Airport, SIA trump rivals to multiple awards (PDF File) - 641kb

    Changi Airport has pipped the Hong Kong and Dubai airports to the title of Best Airport in the World in the 2014 Business Traveller Asia Pacific Awards. In a separate category, it also emerged best Airport in the Asia-Pacific. Source: The Business Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reprinted with permission.

    The Straits Times - 28 Aug 2014

    Driverless vehicles could hit public roads here next year (PDF File) - 1mb

    A new 17-member committee, formed by MOT and headed by PS, will research, develop and implement driverless technology in Singapore. It was noted that Singapore is still in the early stages when it comes to the use of driverless vehicles, with such vehicles being tested by NUS and Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. NTU and ST Kinetics are also testing such vehicles. SMS Josephine Teo was reported as saying that Singapore is about 10 to 15 years away from a full deployment of such vehicles. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 12 Aug 2014

    Free Wi-Fi for commuters at platforms of three MRT stations from Aug 22 (PDF File) - 79kb

    Commuters waiting at the platforms of three busy MRT stations – Raffles Place, City Hall and Orchard – will have access to free Wi-Fi from 22 August. Platforms at another 21 stations will be similarly connected to Singapore's national Wi-Fi network, Wireless@SG, over the next nine months, the LTA said in a statement yesterday. The other stations that will have access to Wi-Fi include all 16 stations along the North-East Line, as well as Bishan, Buona Vista, Choa Chu Kang, Jurong East and Paya Lebar. It was highlighted that the move to provide Wi-Fi was first announced last October in the Land Transport Master Plan. Civil servant Jay Yan, who travels on the MRT three times a week, said that while the new service was good, he hoped that the Wi-Fi access will be extended to trains as well. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    Asian Aviation (Vol 12, No. 6. Jul-Aug 2014 issue) - 01 Aug 2014

    Wresting Back Lost Traffic: The E.U. and ASEAN Contemplate “Open Skies” (PDF File) - 1mb

    With 28 and 10 countries respectively and a combined population of 1.1 billion, the European Union (EU) and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) stand to benefit tremendously from a comprehensive air transport agreement.  If successful, it could be the first substantive agreement between two major regional blocs providing for an “open skies” arrangement with unlimited market access for airlines from both regions and other mutual benefits. Professor of Aviation Law at the National University of Singapore, Professor Alan Khee-Jin Tan, looks at some of the issues, drivers and possible outcomes from the mooted EU-ASEAN Open Skies.  (Source: Asian Aviation (Vol 12, No. 6. Jul-Aug 2014 issue). Reproduced with permission)

    The Business Times - 01 Aug 2014

    MPA launches Safety@Sea S'pore campaign (PDF File) - 1mb

    MPA will develop a safety reporting and suggestion framework that can facilitate the reporting of good practices and near-miss cases. It will also explore the establishment of a National Maritime Safety at Sea Council to spearhead the drive for safety at sea and to ensure the sustainability of the safety efforts. MPA will continue enforcement efforts to ensure the compliance of rules and regulations, with a greater emphasis on navigational and shipboard safety. Source: The Business Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 01 Aug 2014

    Upgrading of 3 MRT stations on track (PDF File) - 3mb

    Clementi, Commonwealth and Queenstown are receiving upgrades to improve the commuting experience for passengers. LTA has completed the structure of two new pedestrian link bridges and an extended station concourse at Clementi station. Similar works are under way at Commonwealth and Queenstown. The enhancements will ease congestion on existing link bridges at all three stations. LTA Deputy Director for Infrastructure Enhancement Saifulbahri Rasno noted the heavy pedestrian traffic at these three stations especially during peak hours and said that the upgrades are to better distribute heavy commuter flow. At Clementi, commuters also use the station link bridges to cross the road. Student Ahmad Syahir Sazali, 19, said “It’s very crowded. People bump into each other and can be hard to walk.” Associate Professor Marcelo Ang from NUS department of mechanical engineering said the new access points will help halve pedestrian traffic at the existing link-bridges. Source: The Business Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    Lianhe Zaobao - 25 Jul 2014

    Transport Ministry’s Beacon scholar is a fan of the airport who fulfilled his dream of joining the CAAS (PDF File) - 6mb

    Bensen Koh, CAAS deputy manager (Futures), who was among the pioneer batch of scholars to be awarded the Beacon Scholarship by the Ministry of Transport. Bensen joined CAAS in May this year after graduating from Brown University where he studied international relations. Currently, the projects he handles are related to geopolitics such as looking into how developments around the world will change the future through scenario planning, and what measures Singapore could take to maintain its air hub status. He is also involved in a project relating to airport security such as the practicality and effectiveness of security screening equipment. Source: Lianhe Zaobao © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 25 Jul 2014

    Scholarship helps to broaden her horizons (PDF File) - 994kb

    Ms Quincy Kwek was one of 18 recipients of the inaugural Beacon Scholarship given out by the Ministry of Transport in 2010. Ms Kwek is now working at the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) as a shipping executive, after graduating this year. Now in its fifth year, the annual scholarship is offered by three statutory boards under the ministry - the MPA, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA). The Transport Ministry will hand out scholarships to 24 recipients today. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 24 Jul 2014

    42 new trains starting to arrive in batches (PDF File) - 799kb

    The first of 42 new trains for the CCL and NEL have reached Singapore and are due to be put into operation from the middle of next year. LTA said that the first of 24 new CCL trains arrived on 29 June, while the first of 18 new NEL trains was delivered on Sunday. The remaining trains will be delivered in batches before January 2016. The new trains will undergo “extensive and rigorous testing” before they are allowed into service, said LTA. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Sunday Times - 20 Jul 2014

    $500k to fund projects on S'pore maritime past (PDF File) - 2mb

    The MPA and the National Heritage Board (NHB) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Saturday to set up a $500,000 Maritime Heritage Fund to get more people to know deeper about Singapore’s shipping stories. Applicants stand to get grants of $1,000 to $30,000 or up to half of the total project expenditure from the fund. The projects can range from exhibitions to seminars, games or even smartphone applications. CE of MPA said at the event that the MPA noticed a lot of interest in the activities organised during the Singapore Maritime Week earlier this year, and therefore decided to “invite the community to give ideas to recognise out maritime past”, while sustaining the interest in the maritime sector. Three maritime studies students from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have already expressed interest in applying for funding. Undergraduate, Mr Tai Wan said his group intends to gather and showcase old photos and stories about the shipping industry. Source: The Sunday Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

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