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PORT OPERATIONS OFFICER, Mr Muhammad Dinie Bin Abdul Aziz

While serving his National Service, Muhammad Dinie chanced upon an article outlining Singapore’s achievements as a world-leading port – and the rest, as they say, is history. Inspired by the write up, he made it a career goal to be a part of the winning team behind the world’s busiest container transhipment port. He applied for a job and is now a Senior Operations Supervisor in PSA Singapore.

“Singapore is the world’s biggest container transhipment hub,” he shares, explaining the sheer scope of the amount of planning that goes on in a day. Together with his fellow planners, he decides where each container should be stacked, ensuring that every single one is accounted for.

“We have sophisticated and increasingly intelligent systems to help us manage our complex operations around the clock – 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” shares Dinie, explaining that the sector relies on technological advancements to help run and manage the complex operational processes involved. However, he adds that the ‘human touch’ is still very much essential to ensuring smooth flow in the container terminal.

“Besides systems, we still need a sound understanding of standard operating procedures, and we need to apply these effectively to achieve high levels of service efficiency, quality and output. A container terminal is an extremely dynamic environment – a strong eye for detail and the ability to adapt quickly are key traits that yard planners should possess. They also need to be flexible and adapt quickly to changes such as vessel arrival times and assigned berths,” he says.

Looking back, however, he recalls when he first entered the sector, with no prior knowledge of what yard planning entailed. “My initial impression of it was simply slotting containers into any available yard space,” he laughs. Now that he has experienced the role firsthand, he readily admits that he had underestimated the amount of planning involved in the entire process. “But there are actually many considerations involved, chief of which is safety. For example, containers holding Dangerous Goods (DG) must be kept in a separate yard from other General Purpose (GP) containers,” he shares.

At the end of the day, it’s all in a day’s work for Dinie. “I find it very gratifying when I deliver a sound and efficient yard plan,” he says, sharing that it is not only the best reward for him, but also his operations colleagues. “A good yard plan will allow them to carry out their operational processes smoothly – so it makes the entire process seamless,” he shares.

Source: Skills Framework for Sea Transport
Credit: SkillsFuture Singapore and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

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