Singapore NextGEN Connect workshop focuses on using JIT and ‘route-based measures’ to help reduce ships’ emissions

The IMO-Singapore NextGEN Connect workshop, which was held in Singapore on 5 to 6 October, looked at ways at helping to reduce shipping’s GHG emissions with a focused on optimised route management, green corridors and Just-In-Time (JIT) planning.

Organised by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Ministry of Climate and Environment of Norway, the event was attended by around 40 participants representing ports and national administrations from across the Asia Pacific region.

The MPA explained to the workshop participants how its recently launched JIT Planning and Coordination Platform for vessels calling at PSA terminals and Jurong Port will ‘reduce business costs while also contributing to a reduction in vessels’ GHG emissions’. There was also a presentation the route-based action plan methodology developed by the Lloyd’s Register Maritime Decarbonization Hub (LR MDH).

In a statement about the workshop posted on the IMO website yesterday (9 October), IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said: ‘IMO is pleased to provide practical support around the development and subsequent implementation of shipping routes measures which will facilitate the achievement of greener shipping and reduced emissions through the collaboration of the GreenVoyage2050 project and the IMO-Singapore NextGEN Connect initiative.’

Sveinung Oftedal, Chief Negotiator of the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment, commented: ‘This workshop on shipping route actions was a great success for Norway, working together with Singapore, IMO, and several developing countries, to support the industry, and ports in particular, in their role in the industry’s decarbonisation.’

Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive of MPA, added: ‘The gathering of a multi-national group to examine route-based measures for the Asian region is encouraging, given the economic vibrancy and growth potential. MPA looks forward to continuing its collaboration with IMO and Ministry of Climate and Environment of Norway to pilot solutions to reduce GHG emissions from ships and to catalyse innovations.’

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Ian Taylor