Singapore, Japan Sign MoC To Create First Green and Digital Shipping Corridor In History

Singapore and Japan have signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) to create history’s first Green and Digital Shipping Corridor (GDSC). The Singaporean Ministry of Transport and the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism signed the agreement on December 16, 2023, to establish best practices and standards for decarbonising and digitising the maritime sector.

The strong commitment of both countries to accelerating efforts towards marine sustainability is reflected in the Singapore – Japan GDSC. Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA Singapore) will work with six major Japanese ports in this ground-breaking partnership: the Port of Tokyo, the Port of Yokohama, and the Port of Kawasaki in the Kanto Region; the Port of Osaka, the Port of Kobe in Kansai Region, and Port of Nagoya in Chubu Region.

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Pilot programs and trials incorporating alternate marine fuels, like ammonia and hydrogen, will be conducted on the GDSC platform. To encourage the use of these sustainable fuels, MPA and its Japanese port partners will work together to construct bunkering infrastructure, set standards, and offer training. The program encourages port infrastructure to adopt technology that lowers greenhouse gas emissions.

Regarding digitisation, Singapore and Japan intend to apply digital solutions to expedite the port clearance procedures. The partnership will involve sharing knowledge and best practices on risks associated with marine cybersecurity and other aspects of maritime digitalisation.

MPA Singapore highlighted the importance of this MoC and its role in propelling the marine industry’s digitalisation and decarbonisation. It is expected that the GDSC will aid in developing more competent ports with digital technologies and a workable supply chain for fuels with zero or almost zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Japan is among Singapore’s top ten trading partners. Global initiatives to meet the 1.5-degree target, encourage the switch to alternative fuels, and expedite the shipping industry’s total decarbonisation align with the creation of green shipping corridors.

Reference: Offshore Energy

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