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Singapore making ‘significant efforts’ to build sustainable maritime hub, says Minister

15 Mar 2022

Singapore is making “significant efforts” to build a sustainable maritime hub, highlighted its Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry.

Dr Tan See Leng was giving a speech at the launch of the Coastal Sustainability Alliance when he noted the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) launching the Maritime Singapore Decarbonisation Blueprint 2050 which sets out emissions reduction plans for its port terminals and harbour craft in additional to supporting global efforts to decarbonise international shipping.

“Indeed, the Coastal Sustainability Alliance’s plan to electrify harbour craft will contribute to the efforts under this blueprint, and our target for all harbour craft to operate on low-carbon energy solutions by 2030,” he states.

“Our transition is critical, not only to ensure that we are aligned with global efforts on sustainable development, but also to leverage new opportunities in the emerging green economy.”

According to Dr Tan, another key focus area of the Maritime Singapore Decarbonisation Blueprint 2050 is research, innovation, and enterprise, to catalyse R&D and innovation for maritime decarbonisation.

“Developing a sustainable industry will require a collective effort and partnership between the public, research institutions, and private players to create new capabilities, technologies, and innovations across the entire value chain,” he adds.

“I am excited to hear that the Coastal Sustainability Alliance will further this vision by developing new electric harbour craft and tapping on a resilient and green supply chain to support this endeavour.”

The Coastal Sustainability Alliance brings together industry stakeholders from the maritime sector, as well as MPA, Workforce Singapore (WSG), and A*STAR to build Singapore’s next-generation maritime ecosystem.

“We are also committed to work closely with our industry partners and institutes of higher learning to better understand these emerging decarbonisation-related jobs and skills needs and ensure the adequacy of pre-employment and mid-career training opportunities,” says Dr Tan.

“Singapore is at an exciting point in our sustainability journey. We must advance on this journey to achieve our ambitious climate targets collectively as a nation, and we will require the support and participation of all stakeholders across the Government, businesses, academia, and households to do so. I look forward to seeing the results of this collaboration.”

Related: Singapore: MPA maritime decarbonisation blueprint sets target for bunkering sector
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Related: MPA blueprint prepares marine fuels sector for multi-fuel bunkering transition

 

Published: 15 March, 2022

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