The Xinhua-Baltic International Shipping Centre Development Index, published by Chinese news agency, Xinhua, and global maritime data provider, the Baltic Exchange, has ranked Singapore as the top global shipping centre for the eighth year running.
The index is an independent ranking of the performance of locations around the world that provide port and professional services to the shipping industry, stated the Baltic Exchange on Sunday (11 July).
Singapore has been rated as the top location due to the size of its port, number of internationally-focused shipbrokers, financiers, lawyers and insurers based there and its supportive government policies.
Despite a significant drop in global trade and business disruptions in 2020 due to the pandemic, the relative positions of the world’s leading maritime centres have remained unchanged. London, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Dubai were the next four strongest centres, as they were the prior year.
The report finds:
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“Our international maritime centre remains a vibrant marketplace centered on a strong core of shipping companies and a comprehensive pool of maritime services such as shipbroking, marine insurance, ship financing and maritime law and arbitration.
Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport, said, “As the world’s busiest container trans-shipment and bunkering hub, the Port of Singapore has done well to support global seaborne trade during this pandemic. “
“I thank our maritime companies and unions for their strong partnership in growing Singapore’s maritime sector amidst a very challenging year.”
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Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 12 July, 2021
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