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Priorities of maritime Singapore have ‘remained on-track’ despite COVID-19, says MPA

17 Mar 2022

Three priorities of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) – Digitalisation, Decarbonisation, and Disruption – have remained on track and even bore fruit for the republic despite Covid-19, says its Chief Executive.

Quah Ley Hoon was speaking at the opening ceremony of the Asia Pacific Maritime 2022 event as a Guest-of-Honour on Wednesday (16 March) when she said Singapore will continue to do its best as a catch-up port while carrying out marine services, including bunkering and crew change at its facilities.


digitalPORT@SGTM, a one-stop digital port clearance platform created by MPA, was fortunately launched before the onset of the pandemic, notes Quah.

“It allowed us to move towards paperless port clearance, and it also saved an estimated 100,000 man-hours for the industry each year,” she states.

“We will continue to push ahead by with Phase 2, which has a Just-in-Time element for better coordination – vessels would be able to line up marine services before arriving at our port.

“What is more heartening is that even during this pandemic, our small and medium enterprises pushed ahead with their digitalisation transformation efforts.”


Quah, meanwhile, highlighted the republic making “promising progress” in the area of decarbonisation.

“We are moving towards a multi-fuel bunkering transition, which means that Singapore, as a bunkering hub, needs to cater to the different types of fuels in the next few years,” she shared.

“For LNG, we have conducted 24 ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operations in Singapore in 2021, and have also commenced biofuel bunkering trials.

“We are supporting different consortiums on Ammonia, and just welcomed a hydrogen-powered and zero-emission yacht in our waters last Thursday.”

Quah highlighted Minister for Transport Mr S Iswaran recently launching the Maritime Singapore Decarbonisation Blueprint: Working Towards 2050. The roadmap follows months of consultation with the industry, and arose from the recommendations of the International Advisory Panel.

The Blueprint laid out ambitious targets and long-term strategies for maritime decarbonisation which will be achieved through efforts such as R&D, future fuel adoption, and building partnerships in areas such as green finance.


The port authority is looking to implementing technology and automation to support future maritime operations, says Quah.

“We are also making progress on e-documentation such as e-bills of lading (eBL) and electronic bunker delivery note,” she notes.

“eBLs are being trialled, with the potential to provide approximately US$4 billion in annual savings if half of the container shipping industry adopts it. We hope to scale up adoption and encourage more of you to go digital.”

Related: DNV selected to lead ‘pioneering’ ammonia bunkering safety study in Singapore
Related: MPA blueprint prepares marine fuels sector for multi-fuel bunkering transition
Related: MPA: Singapore bunker tanker fleet expected to run on net zero fuels by 2050
Related: Singapore: MPA maritime decarbonisation blueprint sets target for bunkering sector


Photo credit: RX Global (Reed Exhibitions)
Published: 17 March, 2022

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