PSA collaborates with HERE Technologies to optimise truck operations in Singapore

HERE Technologies, a leading location data and technology platform, is enabling PSA Singapore (PSA), which operates the world’s largest transhipment hub, to transform its container truck ecosystem in Singapore, with the goal of optimising the movement of goods at Singapore’s ports.

Singapore is the top maritime capital of the world, according to HERE Technologies, with the Port of Singapore as the world’s second busiest port in terms of container volume. With global connectivity being key to its success, PSA is linked to more than 600 ports worldwide and handled 38.8 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) last year.  

To maximise truck resource utilisation and eliminate operational inefficiencies for Singapore’s container trucking community, PSA has developed OptETruck, a cloud-based transport management solution with features like automated scheduling and asset pooling for truck drivers.

Powered by HERE Tour Planning and Location Services, OptETruck allocates jobs to drivers based on their location, offering real-time optimisation of routes and truck assignments. This system not only minimises empty runs – truck trips without any freight loaded, but also ensures that drivers are allocated jobs in proximity to their current location. This improves overall transit and waiting times, drivers’ well-being and operational efficiency, while reducing carbon emission.

Companies that adopted OptETruck have been able to demonstrate about 50% reduction in empty runs. This translates to an annual reduction of approximately 10 million kg of carbon emissions, equivalent to planting 300,000 trees in a year.

Kushal Rajveer, head of supply chain for Asia-Pacific at HERE Technologies said: “Working closely with the Digital Transformation arm of PSA, we designed a solution that utilises location technology to address the specific challenges of the container truck ecosystem around the Port of Singapore. We’re pleased with the results from early adopters of the OptETruck, which has given PSA confidence to onboard more than 50% of container trucks entering and exiting Singapore’s ports by end of this year.”

Sriram Ramanujam, Assistant vice president, community and digital solutions at PSA added: “Our close collaboration with HERE has enabled us to consistently push the boundaries of technology and efficiency in port logistics, and we’re thrilled by the initial results.

“OptETruck has met the needs of Singapore’s trucking community and sets the stage for a sustainable future, transforming the logistics industry into a well-connected and resilient hub, aligning perfectly with our commitment to contributing to Singapore’s vision as a smart nation.

“We look forward to continuing this journey of pioneering innovative solutions with HERE, shaping the future of port logistics and further solidifying PSA’s position as a global leader in the port and supply chain industry.”