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 Singapore’s role in greening international shipping
As a premier global hub port, Singapore is well poised to catalyse the greening of international shipping. As a clear sign of the nation’s commitment to build a sustainable Maritime Singapore and contribute to greening international shipping, the year 2022 marked the launch of many significant and ambitious long-term strategies.
In 2022, Minister for Transport S Iswaran unveiled the Maritime Singapore Decarbonisation Blueprint 2050 that charts out strategies to drive domestic maritime decarbonisation, and work with partners to catalyse green international shipping. The maritime decarbonisation agenda brings about new areas of green growth for Singapore, for example in the developments of alternative fuels and green technologies.
Singapore is also set to join the Clydebank Declaration for Green Shipping Corridors together with 22 other Signatory States. The Clydebank Declaration aims to establish green shipping corridors between ports by deploying zero-emission vessel technologies on voyages, or alternative fuel and charging infrastructure in ports.
Another initiative that was launched in 2022 is the Coastal Sustainability Alliance, a partnership to support the electrification of Singapore’s harbour crafts by jointly investing in a network of charging points for electric boats. The alliance includes Kuok (Singapore) Limited Maritime Group, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star), GenPlus, Jurong Port Singapore, TCOMS, Sea Forrest and TES.
Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat also announced the Sea Transport Industry Transformation Map (ITM). The refreshed blueprint aims to expand Singapore’s international maritime centre ecosystem as well as nurture the MarineTech startup ecosystem. Among its ambitions is the development of Tuas Port into the largest fully automated container terminal port in the world, and to grow the sector’s value-add by S$2 billion between 2020 and 2025. There are also plans to create 1,000 additional good local jobs by 2025.
To seek global perspectives on emerging trends and critical developments that will shape the maritime industry, Ministry of Transport (MOT) and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), established the Maritime International Advisory Panel (IAP) which comprises top global business leaders from the maritime sector and adjacent industries such as consultancy, e-commerce, energy and commodity, finance, logistics and
manufacturing, and technology. The Maritime IAP, chaired by Minister for Transport and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations Mr S Iswaran, held its inaugural meeting during the Singapore Maritime Week 2022.
During the Singapore Maritime Week, the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD), which was set up to bring together industry partners, researchers, and to drive R&D and pilot novel decarbonisation solutions, signed on 4 new partners, adding to the 4 partners that were onboarded earlier.
Professor Lynn Loo, CEO of GCMD was quoted as saying that bp, Boston Consulting Group, Chevron and the International Chamber of Shipping will bring “complementary perspectives that are critical to decarbonising the sector” and “a combined S$25M cash and in-kind contributions as well as their core competencies, technologies and relationships towards our common goal to deploy low-/zero- carbon solutions cheaper, cleaner, and faster.”

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