The Centre of Excellence in Modelling and Simulation for Next Generation Ports (C4NGP) under NUS Engineering is collaborating with 12 international partners to form an alliance, with the aim of creating a set of programming guidelines to accelerate digitalisation and unify the operations of global maritime and port industries.
The new global alliance brings together researchers, solution developers, governments, port operators, information technology (IT) systems developers and other players in the port and maritime industries to collaborate, create and adopt a set of computer and software application descriptive language standards, known as PortML (Port Mark-up Languages). When completed, PortML will be the first-ever universal descriptive language standards for the port and maritime community.
Using PortML, port modelling, designs, configurations and information could be developed in formats that are compatible across all stakeholders in the industry. For example, the adoption of a common descriptive language can better support and augment the development of innovative digital twin capabilities and solutions. This can bring about labour efficiencies, optimised operational costs, and port efficiencies.