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SIBCON 2020: Singapore enters memorandum of cooperation on future fuels port network

08 Oct 2020

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Tuesday (6 October) entered into a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) to form a Future Fuels Port Network with the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan at the Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition (SIBCON) 2020.

The port network will align the efforts of signatory partners in driving the development of new fuels across participating ports.

Under the MoC, parties will undertake the development of a roadmap on the adoption of clean marine fuels in support of decarbonisation. Besides research and development, parties will cooperate on possible joint bunkering pilot runs with identified shipping lines to support the decarbonisation of the shipping industry.

“As a maritime nation, Singapore is committed to promoting the environmental sustainability of the maritime industry. We welcome like-minded partners to come on board and cooperate with us on the development and supply of clean marine fuels in reducing the impact of shipping on the environment,” said Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA.

Allard Castelein, Chief Executive Officer of Port of Rotterdam Authority, stated the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in extraordinary and pressing times.

“This is also the moment to re-think our future and ensure we undertake proper measures that both address global warming and the global economic downturn,” he notes.

“The Future Fuels Port Network that we launch today, is an example how ports around the world can make a significant contribution in advancing decarbonisation of the global maritime sector. We can make a tangible difference with a clear roadmap and developing new infrastructure to enable supply and use of low-carbon and clean marine fuels.”

“Japan is pushing GHG reduction forward under the strong leadership of the government in response to the IMO Strategy on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships,” explained Takada Masayuki, Director-General of the Port and Harbours Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan.

“Alternative fuels without emitting GHG will be used as marine fuels to achieve the reduction. In order to promote this utilisation, it is important that ports have a bunkering facility for alternative fuel.

“I strongly believe that Japan can contribute to the formulation of international standards for future marine fuels’ bunkering by the technical capabilities and knowledge developed through the projects of Tokyo Bay and Ise/Mikawa bay regarding LNG bunkering. Japan is going to contribute to the promotion of clean alternative fuels as marine fuels through its participation to the cooperation network of ports based on the MoC.”

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Photo credit: SIBCON 2020

Published: 8 October, 2020

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