The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Friday (29 May) said support for the Port Authorities Roundtable (PAR) COVID-19 declaration, initiated by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, has more than doubled since it was first launched on 24 April.
To date, more than 50 port authorities from Asia, Oceania, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Americas have come on board the declaration.
They will ensure that merchant vessels can continue to call at their ports and work together to share best practices in ensuring that port operations can remain undisrupted, it said.
“Now is the time, more than ever, for global supply chains to remain intact,” said Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health at the second PAR COVID-19 Declaration video conference.
“This is critical for the flow of essential goods across the globe, and for global economic recovery.”
With uncertainty over how the global COVID-19 pandemic will play out in the future, it is crucial that countries around the world remain committed to keeping their ports open for trade to ensure the continued flow of goods from one country to another, noted the MPA.
Critical and essential supplies that flow through the ports support the battle against COVID-19 and the gradual re-opening of economies.
The Declaration is also supported by international organisations and groups such as the International Maritime Organization, International Chamber of Shipping, International Association of Ports and Harbours, APEC Port Services Network and American Association of Port Authorities, Italian Port Association and Maritime NZ.
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Published: 1 June, 2020
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