• 2019 November 8 15:01

    Singapore readies ship owners and operators for 2020 & Beyond

    The Singapore Registry of Ships (SRS) crossed the 95 million gross tonnage milestone in 2019 and maintained its position among the top registries in the world. Themed “2020 & Beyond”, the SRS Forum held by Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) today around 200 attendees from shipping companies and other maritime entities based in Singapore.

    MPA announced several new initiatives at the Forum that would help ship owners and operators to take steps to contribute to environmental sustainability and be greener, improve operational efficiency through digitalisation and develop skilled maritime professionals.

    As a key maritime nation, Singapore is committed to promoting environmental sustainability of the industry. MPA has reviewed its Maritime Singapore Green Initiative (MSGI) to keep it relevant, with a new focus on decarbonisation. Under the enhanced MSGI, new carbon emissions-related incentives will replace existing sulphur emissions-related ones in the Green Ship Programme and Green Port Programme. The Green Ship Programme will also have a new incentive to encourage adoption of engines using alternative fuels with lower carbon content such as liquefied natural gas (LNG), while the Green Port Programme will introduce new incentives for the use of LNG bunker during port stay and for ships exceeding IMO’s Energy Efficiency Design Index requirements.

    The MSGI programmes will be extended for another five years to 31 December 2024. MPA will issue a Shipping Circular and Port Marine Circular with more details.

    As a cleaner and greener fuel, LNG can contribute to IMO’s 2050 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Singapore is on track to be LNG-bunkering ready. MPA has supported the building of two LNG bunker vessels to facilitate ship-to-ship LNG bunkering for ocean-going vessels from Q3 2020 onwards. MPA is also preparing for the first simultaneous operations for LNG bunkering and cargo operations to take place next year.

    Beyond physical connectivity, MPA is strengthening the digital connectivity of our port. By end 2019, all services provided by MPA’s One Stop Document Centre (OSDC) at Tanjong Pagar Complex will be available on the Marinet website. With all services available online, OSDC will gradually phase out counter services. The counters will only open from 08:30 to 12:30 starting 1 December 2019, and eventually close from 1 January 2020. MPA has also installed self-service tablets at OSDC for those who need to perform these services online.

    To help the industry meet its manpower needs, MPA, SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and Workforce Singapore have jointly developed the Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) for Sea Transport Professionals. The PCP will help mid–career local PMETs from either within or outside of the maritime industry to transit and take up new maritime jobs.

    In joint collaboration with SSG, MPA also rolled out the Work-Study Programme for ship-owning, operating and broking, which provides fresh polytechnic graduates with a headstart in their careers related to their discipline of study by acquiring relevant work experience and building on their skills and knowledge acquired in school. Administered by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS), participants of the 18-month programme will undergo structured on-the-job training, facilitated learning, and mentorship. Upon completion of the programme, participants will receive an internationally recognised certificate awarded by the ICS.

    To continue attracting talent to seafaring, the Tripartite Maritime Scholarship (TMSS) has been enhanced to introduce a new mid-term TMSS scholarship for Certificate of Competency (CoC) 3/5 holders, which will provide a $30,000 sign-on bonus, allowances as well as cover the costs of subsequent CoC and other compulsory course fees. The mid-term TMSS scholarship will widen the pool of potential applicants and encourage more to continue their seafaring career. Individuals with a strong seafaring background will have good career opportunities in shore-based jobs.

    MPA’s Assistant Chief Executive (Operations) Captain M Segar said, "More ship owners and operators in the industry have begun to look beyond the challenges and opportunities in the horizon with the advent of disruption caused by digitalisation and decarbonisation. MPA will support the transformation of the industry, to position Maritime Singapore to adapt and maintain a competitive edge in today’s global environment."




2020 September 25

16:19 OOCL's service update for Trans-Pacific trade
16:16 Representative office of Marinet opened in China
15:27 GTT signs a contract with the U.S. Dep't of Defense for the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility
14:59 RFC held the second stage of the ecological marathon
14:31 Bunker prices are flat in the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
14:05 Zvezda shipyard to build 10 gas tankers for Arctic LNG 2
13:42 Wärtsilä solutions meet challenging needs of Canadian Coast Guard vessel
13:18 Nuclear-powered container carrier Sevmorput delivered Kamchatka fish to Saint-Petersburg
12:56 Competition for construction of two scientific research ships for Russian Federal Fisheries Agency to be announced in October
12:34 Royal Niestern Sander orders SCHOTTEL thrusters for world’s first shallow-draught ice-breaking W2W vessel
12:11 VEB.RF starts financing construction of ten gas tankers for Arctic LNG 2 project
11:29 LR awards Samsung Heavy Industries AiP for its ammonia-fuelled tanker
10:37 British Ports Association sets out spending review priorities
10:29 New state programme on Arctic development in 2021-2024 drafted by Russia’s ad hoc Ministry
09:53 Debt service guarantees on Yamal LNG removed from NOVATEK
09:30 Oil prices rise in hope of demand
09:12 Baltic Dry Index as of September 24
09:11 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Sept 25

2020 September 24

18:37 Kongsberg Digital develops cloud-based simulators for maritime industry, with funds from Innovation Norway
18:07 Wärtsilä ranked first in UN challenge to fight climate change with big data
17:45 Alco Bio Fuel, Messer Benelux and IJsfabriek Strombeek once again invest in recycling CO2 in North Sea Port
17:20 World’s first subsea compression system passes five years in operation
17:12 Esben Poulsson reappointed as ICS Chairman for a new term
16:48 Okskaya Shipyard launches first multipurpose dry cargo carrier of Project RSD59 for Astrol
16:24 Severnaya Verf starts cutting steel for seventh trawler of Project 170701 for NOREBO Group
15:50 ASCO's vessel “Razul Rza” sent to outer waters after repairs
15:26 Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to invest in Sovcomflot, says RDIF CEO
15:02 Diana Shipping announces the sale of a Capesize Dry bulk vessel
14:39 Russian Railways launches regular multimodal service from China to Europe via the ports of Kaliningrad and Hamburg
14:17 MABUX releases its weekly review of bunker market
14:02 Fincantieri starts dry dock works for experimental vessel Zeus
13:40 Freeport of Riga Authority signs Declaration of Cooperation with Port of Shenzhen
13:21 IMO celebrates World Maritime Day 2020
13:08 Total and MOL officially name the world’s largest LNG bunker vessel
12:48 Bunker prices decrease in the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
12:25 ZIM launches new China-Australia Express Line
12:11 Inmarsat Fleet Lte service coverage extended to Gulf of Mexico following successful trials with V.Ships Offshore
11:32 Ships of RF Navy’s Black Sea Fleet take part in "Kavkaz-2020" maneuvers
11:14 Port of Trelleborg offers their shipping customers reliable and fast internet with Nowhere Networks
11:13 "Tatarstan" missile ship of RF Navy’s Caspian Flotilla involved in "Kavkaz-2020" maneuvers
10:09 CTI-Maritec receives DNV GL approval for ballast water testing
09:57 Muuga freight station of Rail Baltica is to be designed by SWECO Projekt AS
09:36 MPC Container Ships ASA announces appointment of new CFO
09:29 Oil prices decrease amid concern over demand/supply imbalance
09:11 Baltic Dry Index as of September 23
08:40 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Sept 24

2020 September 23

18:15 HMM opens Fleet Control Centre
17:35 Stena develops a solution to use recycled batteries in charging stations at port
17:05 Philippine Ports Authority COVID-19 Molecular Testing Center for seafarers now operational
16:42 British Ports responds to reasonable worst-case scenario Brexit assumptions
16:17 Vestdavit wins contract to supply six Australian Navy patrol boats
16:03 ABB powers P&O super-ferries towards new sustainable transport era
15:43 Royal Niestern Sander orders SCHOTTEL thrusters for world’s first shallow-draught ice-breaking walk-to-work vessel
15:25 FESCO’s Board of Directors elected new Management Board
15:03 Kalmar’s fuel-efficient terminal tractor solutions selected by Yilport for fleet expansion at Puerto Bolívar and Gävle container terminals
14:47 RF Government to revise comprehensive plan for upgrading and expanding core infrastructure
14:30 U.S. Coast Guard awards four more fast response cutters to Bollinger Shipyards
14:01 ESPO expresses commitment of European ports to play their part in helping shipping sector decarbonise
13:28 Travelling by ferry between Finland and Sweden is now permitted without restrictions
13:19 Damen delivers ASD Tug 2810 to Thomas Service Maritimes