Singapore makes plans for the long haul. If Singapore Port is to stay ahead of regional competition it has to stay ahead in technology, planning, facilities and service: http://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/long-term-vision-vital-for-maritime-singapore
How can this be achieved?
By having good governance, low corruption, honest and well paid bureaucrats and politicians.
Can it be copied elsewhere?
Yes, but not if everything is politicized and the only thing that matter to politicians is to get re-elected.