Singapore's main ground handler at Changi Airport, SATS and port and terminal operator PSA International have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which calls for the two entities to cooperate on initiatives such as “yard-to-port” data linkages, network extensions between both companies, and enhanced track-and-trace capabilities.
The initiative is aimed at further strengthening Singapore’s position as a global transshipment hub for air and sea cargo, the parties said in a joint statement, adding that the new cooperation
can also help the freight industry be more efficient and benefit from lower costs and faster delivery.
In addition to cooperation in physical cargo movement, SATS and PSA will also integrate their respective cargo handling and management systems to aid regulatory compliance and add to their data analytics capabilities.
To that end, COSYS+, a cargo terminal handling and management system operated by SATS, will be linked with CALISTA, PSA’s global supply chain platform.
Under the MoU, SATS and PSA will also collaborate on a wide range of cross-industry initiatives, particularly in the perishables, electronics, and e-commerce areas.
The joint statement quoted Alex Hungate, president and chief executive officer for SATS as saying that: “When SATS became the world’s first ground handler to provide multimodal meat transshipment services between New Zealand and the EU, we demonstrated that multimodal connectivity can attract higher trade flows. Today, we hope our cross-industry initiatives with PSA will now enable the whole industry to market efficient multimodal solutions globally, through Singapore.”
SIA and SATS extend their partnership
In a related development, national carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) and SATS last month renewed a suite of aviation services contracts for the next five years.
A joint release said that SATS' contracts with SIA and the latter's regional carrier SilkAir covers inflight catering and cabin handling, passenger and ramp handling, cargo handling, aircraft interior cleaning, aviation security and laundry services. The renewed aviation security contract will also see the provision of aviation security services for SIA's low-cost operator Scoot.
The parties have an option to extend the contracts for a further five years.
"This long-term partnership marks a foundational development in SIA’s three-year transformation plan to enhance customer experience and raise operational efficiency to better position the SIA Group for the future," the companies said.
Nol van Fenema