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Eco-digital shipping: Australia-Singapore partnership sets sail

Eco-digital shipping: Australia-Singapore partnership sets sail
Eco-digital shipping: Australia-Singapore partnership sets sail

Singapore and Australia have announced a collaboration by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) centered on eco-digital shipping. This agreement marks a significant step in creating the Singapore-Australia Green and Digital Shipping Corridor (GDSC), aiming to revolutionize the maritime industry through innovative and sustainable practices.

Under the newly signed MoU, Singapore and Australia are set to join forces with interested partners to develop and implement low or zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emission fuel solutions for the maritime sector. 

Singapore’s transport minister Chee Hong Tat says: “The MoU affirms the shared commitment of Singapore and Australia to pool our expertise and resources to develop scalable green and digital solutions for the maritime sector, and upskill our workforce to support the energy transition.”

Potential as major producer of green marine fuels

This collaboration will focus on building the necessary infrastructure, establishing formal standards, and ensuring proper training for the maritime industry.

The MoU also aims to streamline digital information exchanges to improve port clearance, vessel movements, and overall efficiency between Singapore and Australia. This will involve cooperation among the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Australian federal, state, and territory governments, and key industry stakeholders.

Australia, with its potential as a major producer of green marine fuels, and Singapore, as the world’s leading bunkering and busiest transshipment hub, complemented by a robust research and innovation environment, are poised to make significant contributions in this field.

Global shipping supply chains

This partnership is anticipated to accelerate the development and adoption of near-zero GHG emission technologies and digital solutions. These advancements are expected to enhance the resilience, efficiency, and sustainability of global maritime supply chains, making a significant impact on the industry.

Australian transport minister, Catherine King says: “This is an important partnership for a sustainable global maritime future. Australia is committed to supporting the decarbonization of international shipping, which plays an important role in economies across the globe.” 

King adds this collaboration will place Singapore and her country amongst the leaders in contributing to the international maritime community’s objectives, while supporting Australia’s exports of clean renewable energy. 

The Global Maritime Trends 2050 report marks the initial phase of a long-term program aimed at analyzing the future of the maritime industry. This report, created by Economist Impact, forecasts various scenarios for the year 2050, taking into consideration the pace of technological adoption and the extent of global collaboration. Its goal is to guide the industry in identifying potential risks, opportunities, and necessary investments.

Key takeaways from the report are: 

  • Major ports in the US, Europe, and Asia risk becoming inoperable by 2050 if immediate steps are not taken towards decarbonization.
  • By 2050, African nations might emerge as the leading providers of maritime personnel.
  • The proportion of women in the seafaring workforce could reach 25% by 2050, a significant increase from the current figure of less than 2%.

About the author

Sharl is a qualified journalist. He has over 10 years’ experience in the media industry, including positions as an editor of a magazine and Business Editor of a daily newspaper. Sharl also has experience in logistics specifically operations, where he worked with global food aid organisations distributing food into Africa. Sharl enjoys writing business stories and human interest pieces.

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