Students from Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University seize victory as champions of the third edition of the case competition.

The Singapore Maritime Foundation announced the winning teams of the MaritimeONE Digital Challenge 2023 at an awards ceremony last evening.

Organised by SMF in collaboration with industry partners, the annual case competition invites students from Singapore’s universities and polytechnics to respond to challenge statements at the intersection of maritime and technology. This year’s edition is sponsored by leading multinationals Eastern Pacific Shipping, IMC Shipping and Pacific International Lines.

From an initial 190 students across 60 registered teams, the nine finalist teams comprise students coming from a diverse range of disciplines including maritime studies, supply chain management, business, economics, computer science, and data analytics.

The following are the winners of the MDC 2023:

COMPANY

CHALLENGE SYNOPSIS

WINNING TEAMS

Eastern Pacific Shipping

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To devise novel concepts towards an emissions digital tool that allows shipping organisations to visualise and compare vessel emissions across fleet and industry, forecast voyage emissions based on port- to-port data, account for various fuel types and obtain a measure of fuel selection cost.

Champion

Team: NE
Institution: Singapore Management University

1st Runner-up

Team: 2KGoals
Institution: Nanyang Technological University

2nd Runner-up

Team: Confusion Matrix Institution: National University of Singapore

Merit Prizes

Team: CSMS

Institution: Nanyang Technological University

Team: Green Marine
Institution: National University of Singapore

IMC Shipping

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To model a solution that delivers a system which optimises the rotation of ships with the objective of minimising emissions per tonne of cargo handled.

Champion

Team: MarinaBytes
Institution: Nanyang Technological University

1st Runner-up

Team: Vessel404
Institution: National University of Singapore

2nd Runner-up

Team: SOECO
Institution: Nanyang Technological University

Merit Prizes

Team: Merry Time, Want? Institution: National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University

Team: Halp
Institution: Singapore Management University

Pacific International Lines

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To propose a digital smart tool for the liner shipping business that streamlines and optimises the entire tender process for customers — enhancing efficiency, transparency, and cost-effectiveness while maintaining security and confidentiality.

Champion

Team: GRQ
Institution: Singapore Management University

1st Runner-up

Team: Tenderisers
Institution: Singapore University of Social Sciences

2nd Runner-up

Team: Caviato
Institution: National University of Singapore

Merit Prizes

Team: Meeparino
Institution: National University of Singapore

Team: YWWY
Institution: Nanyang Technological University

Quote from SMF Chairman

“There is significant potential to harness technology to spur the digitalisation and decarbonisation of maritime. I am heartened to see that the challenge statements crafted by the sponsor companies energised and engaged the diverse pool of talent — of whom a quarter are majoring in a technology-related discipline — that responded to the MaritimeONE Digital Challenge. I thank our industry sponsors Eastern Pacific Shipping, IMC Shipping and Pacific International Lines for mentoring our youths and for giving them a glimpse of exciting opportunities in the sector,” said Mr. Hor Weng Yew, Chairman of the Singapore Maritime Foundation.

Quotes from Eastern Pacific Shipping and Champion Team

“As a leading tonnage provider, EPS is keen to explore new ideas and technologies that support our decarbonisation initiatives. The MaritimeONE Digital Challenge has certainly presented exciting opportunities to work with these students to develop novel concepts and digital tools, and we have been very encouraged by their creativity, motivation and hard work. These talent, who will make up our future workforce, will certainly help drive digitalisation to greater heights in the industry’s decarbonisation journey,” said Mr. Pavlos Karagiannidis, Fleet Optimisation Manager, Eastern Pacific Shipping.

“Through our internship experiences, we understand the struggles and the importance of visualising carbon emissions in an automated and reliable manner. Having an emissions dashboard as a tracking system allows a company to know it’s on the right track of decarbonisation by telling the ‘how’s and ‘why’s’ to decarbonise. With tightening regulations, emissions reporting must be more frequent and accurate, such that the industry can work on a concrete database to decarbonise efficiently. The EPS Challenge strikes the best balance for the skillsets of our team — with members with maritime knowledge, and others with data science skills; such that we synergise well to come up with a quality digital tool,” said Mr. Brandon Sia, a Year 3 business management student from the Singapore Management University, and team leader of Team NE, champion for Eastern Pacific Shipping’s challenge statement

Quotes from IMC Shipping and Champion Team

“We are very impressed with how the students answered our complex challenge statement with creativity, innovation, and collaboration. The winning teams demonstrated a keen understanding of the critical role that AI and technology play in reducing carbon emissions and driving sustainability. They employed various inventive strategies and efforts to consider the interests of all stakeholders in order to create concepts and models that have potential to be adopted and sustained. We thank the Singapore Maritime Foundation for the opportunity to engage and mentor these young talent, and we look forward to seeing how this next generation can inspire and bring about a sea of change to decarbonisation in the maritime industry,” said Capt. Venkatesh Dutt, Head of Operations, IMC Shipping.

“With the clock ticking towards 2030 and 2050 net zero carbon emissions targets, we understand the urgency to resolve congestion issues at ports. We’re working towards a future where every port call leaves a smaller ecological footprint, contributing to a greener Earth. Our team aims to pave the way for a more efficient, resilient and environmentally-conscious port call system by leveraging data analytics and algorithmic models to propel us into this new age, future-proofing our solution for the generations to come,” said Mr. Loi Jing, a Year 2 maritime studies student from Nanyang Technological University, and team leader of MarinaBytes, champion for IMC Shipping’s challenge statement.

Quotes from Pacific International Lines and Champion Team

“It was indeed impressive for the teams to acquire an in-depth understanding of the shipping industry within such a short span of time, and we are proud to see that Singapore has so many talented students capable of coming up with innovative solutions to revolutionise our business processes. Their fresh perspectives andbrilliant ideas have been inspiring, and we are delighted to be a part of this year’s MaritimeONE Digital Challenge in nurturing these young talent for the future of Singapore’s maritime industry,” said Mr. Leslie Yee, General Manager, Information Systems, PIL.

“Our team recognises the vital role of technology in transforming the maritime industry, be it in terms of automation for efficiency, reducing errors and minimising risks, or to optimise analytical processes. MDC 2023 gives us the unique opportunity to actively engage in a project with PIL, providing real solutions that address real problems. This offers us valuable insights into the liner business, and allows us to explore the potential of technology in the maritime industry,” said Ms. Joveen Yue, a Year 4 economics student from the Singapore Management University, and team captain of GRQ, champion for Pacific International Lines’ challenge statement.