MPA Singapore funding for Thome digital maritime marketplace trial

Thome Ship Management has been awarded a grant by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to help fund the development of a digital e-marketplace platform integrating suppliers and the platform’s consortia members.

“The aim of this project is to create an Amazon-like marketplace where ship operators will have access to fair pricing with good geographical coverage of supply,” said Peter Schellenberger VP Supply Chain Thome Ship Management.

“A consortium of maritime businesses has negotiated contracts with key suppliers covering the main supply essentials to enable a global fleet to operate more efficiently. Suppliers will not have to waste time sending out quotes as pricing will be standardised across different sectors creating value driven stock keeping and ease of handling.”

“The platform will use the latest technology to create intuitive functionality and will include reporting systems using AI analytics so suppliers and ship operators can work more efficiently and seamlessly together.”

Singapore is supporting the project to contribute to the modernisation and automation of the ship supplies value chain process, to improve trust and transparency between suppliers and purchasers by providing wider access to data to all of the stakeholders involved.

“There is great momentum in digitalising and using technologies such as 3D printing and drone deliveries. Given Singapore’s role as a hub port and bunkering hub, MPA will continue to support companies uncover and unlock the potentials in digitalisation to optimise this value chain and strengthen the wider supply ecosystem,” said Kenneth Lim, Assistant Chief Executive (Industry), MPA.

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