More than 90% of the world’s trade is carried out by sea. With its central role, achieving sustainable growth has become a key challenge for many in the international maritime industry.
To better prepare for the challenges ahead and to encourage the adoption of sustainable initiatives within the maritime community, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has organised the 2nd Singapore Registry of Ships Forum (SRS Forum) today at the Sheraton Towers Hotel, Singapore.
Themed “Sustainable Shipping”, this year’s Forum focuses on the importance of sustainable maritime development. Four distinguished speakers were invited to share with some 250 senior maritime professionals and partners from Institutes of Higher Learning their expertise and insights on implementing, alongside business growth, sustainable practices in areas such as environmental and social sustainability.
MOU with Singapore Management University
Leveraging this synergised platform, MPA announced at the SRS Forum its collaboration with the Singapore Management University (SMU) to promote research and innovation for a clean and green Next Generation Port. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed today by MPA Chief Executive Mr Andrew Tan and Professor Steven Miller, SMU’s Vice Provost (Research) and Dean (School of Information Systems).
The MOU outlines areas for collaboration on research and development (R&D) between MPA and SMU. Topics include Clean Energy and Environment, Energy Management, Simulation and Data Analytics for maritime applications that support Singapore’s position as an efficient, green and sustainable port. The MOU extends beyond R&D and covers partnerships in education, public outreach programmes, as well as the provision of advisory services by SMU.
Mr Andrew Tan said, “Singapore is committed to promoting a maritime industry that is not only competitive but also efficient, responsible and sustainable. Today’s forum brings together the various stakeholders to discuss ways to leverage information and communications technologies to enhance the efficiency and sustainability of shipping and port operations. In this regard, we are pleased to collaborate with SMU to harness its strengths in environment and energy management, as well as data analytics to improve the efficiency and sustainability of our port.”
“We are also pleased that 30 more companies have come on board to sign the Maritime Singapore Green Pledge since the scheme was launched. This is the largest group for a signing so far, and brings the total to 90 companies,” he added.
Professor Steven Miller commented, “Aligning data analytics with managerial decision-making helps to alleviate resource deployment efficiency to new levels. This is crucial in support of Green Port operations but also a tough one to achieve. SMU is delighted to work with MPA as it embarks on the transition, overcoming challenges together.”
Maritime Singapore Green Pledge
To demonstrate their commitment towards sustainability and green shipping in Singapore, 30 maritime organisations also took the opportunity to sign the Maritime Singapore Green Pledge at the SRS Forum. This is a strong signal that sustainable shipping is garnering growing support from the maritime industry. Since its launch in 2011, a total of 90 companies have signed the Green Pledge. Companies which have signed the Green Pledge employ an array of solutions in their efforts to go green, ranging from environmental management technology to green design initiatives for vessels and infrastructure.
Source: MPA Singapore
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