The Singapore Registry of Ships (SRS) forum, which was held via a Zoom webinar today (3 November), highlighted the maritime community’s efforts to meet the challenges of COVID-19 and decarbonisation.
In her opening address to the forum, Quah Ley Hoon, the Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), said: ‘On decarbonisation, MPA and our partners are funding the research, testbedding, and adoption of low-carbon technologies through the S$40 million Maritime GreenFuture Fund.
‘MPA also recently launched the joint Call for Proposals with the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) to support the development in electrification of harbour craft. Together with SMI, we are studying the use of biofuels in harbourcraft. I would like to encourage SRS companies operating harbour craft to work with likeminded technology developers to support trials for future fuels.’
Quah Ley Hoon added that MPA is extending its memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Global Compact Network Singapore by an additional three years to 2023. The MoU was first signed in 2017 to provide companies with training on sustainability reporting.
‘Together with SSA and GCNS, we will promote carbon management and awareness amongst maritime companies,’ continued Quah Ley Hoon. ‘We have also launched NextGen with IMO to come up with platforms for organisations to share ideas so that they can snowball into commercially viable solutions for ocean-going vessels.’
MPA also presented Green Ship certificates to15 companies under the Green Ship Programme (GSP) for reducing the environmental impact of their fleet. The companies included: A.P. Moller Singapore, BW Group, CLDN Cobelfret, Keppel Smit Towage, Maersk Tankers Singapore, MMSL, NYK Shipmanagement, PACC Tanker Management, PSA Marine, Scorpio Group, Thome Ship Management, Trafigura Group, Wilmar Ship Holdings, Winning International Group, XT Shipping.
Since the GSP’s inception in 2011, 597 Singapore-flagged ships have joined the programme.