According to IMO, in just a few weeks’ time – from 1 January 2024 – it will be mandatory for ports around the world to operate Maritime Single Window for the exchange of information required at the point of a ship’s arrival, during its stay and at departure.
s informed, the change is in line with international shipping’s aspirations to accelerate digitalization and decarbonization of the sector and is the result of amendments to the FAL Convention.
The completion of the pilot Single Window for Facilitation of Trade (SWiFT) project has been marked with a ceremony to hand over a newly developed generic Maritime Single Window (MSW) platform to the Port of Lobito in Angola. The new Maritime Single Window digital system allows the electronic submission, through a single online portal, of all information required by various agencies to ensure efficient clearance of ships during port calls.
The handover ceremony on 20 November 2023 followed a week-long user acceptance testing session (13-17 November) organized by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) involving officials from the International Maritime Organization, MPA and Port of Lobito.
Under the SWiFT project, IMO and MPA worked closely with relevant Angolan stakeholders, including the Port of Lobito and Agência Marítima Nacional, to develop a functional generic MSW platform configured to the needs of the Port of Lobito.
With single window for data exchange requirements under the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic becoming mandatory in ports from 1 January 2024, the lessons and experience gained from the SWiFT project will contribute towards the implementation of MSWs globally.
…Mr Julian Abril, Head of the IMO’s Facilitation Section said.
The MSW platform developed under the SWiFT Project draws from Singapore’s experience in the implementation of our national MSW, digitalPORT@SGTM. MPA is pleased to have partnered IMO and the Port of Lobito on this digital transformation journey, which has the potential to enhance the efficiencies for international shipping, port operations and global supply chains.
..Mr Gavin Yeo, MPA Deputy Director (Sectoral Systems Development), said.
Furthermore, the SWiFT Project was supported by Singapore via in-kind contributions and by IMO via the Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP) which assists countries in building their capacities to enable effective compliance with the Organization’s regulatory framework.
The initiative builds upon an earlier successful project coordinated by IMO that saw successful delivery in 2019 of a Maritime Single Window system in Antigua and Barbuda.