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Singapore: MPA reveals collaborative proposals to digitalise and decarbonise shipping

04 Jun 2020

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Tuesday (2 June) put forth two proposals on digitalisation and decarbonisation for the maritime industry in speech by Chief Executive, Quah Ley Hoon at the MPA of Singapore for UN Global Online High-Level Meeting on Sustainable Ocean Business and 2030 Agenda held on 2 June. 

The first of the proposals was digitalOCEANS™ which allows ships, ports and global trade platforms to share data and interoperate seamlessly with each other. 

“We need greater digitalisation and harmonisation of data in the maritime supply chain,” said Quah.

“In times of a pandemic, the digitalisation of shipping not only reduces human interactions, but it also allows shipping to yield a new level of efficiency.”

This allows the industry to commit to common data exchange protocols, and connect isolated “data lakes”. The outcome would be more efficient voyages and lower resultant emissions. 

The MPA have some industry partners onboard and will be looking at bringing in port authorities to collaborate on digitalOCEANS™, she added. 

Quah noted that the MPA recognises the value of partnership among government, industry and academia. 

Accordingly, the MPA’s second proposal is a ‘Circle of Collaboration’ on decarbonisation.

As part of this effort, the MPA has set up an International Advisory Panel to harness the expertise of local and international leaders. 

It has also launched a S$40 million Maritime GreenFuture Fund to create various ecosystems for trials and test-bedding of low-carbon technologies.

“There are already of course some ongoing efforts by my distinguished panellists here, IMO and CMA CGM,” said Quah. 

“This Circle of Collaboration, together with the IMO, will allow us to bring ports, industry and governments together to share the knowledge of all the trials that we have been doing and allow us to commit to some concrete actions moving forward.”

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 4 June, 2020


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