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Monday, January 16, 2017

Singapore Strengthens Maritime Ties with Norway

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Chief Executive, Andrew Tan, and Norway State Secretary, Ms Dilek Ayahn, at the Joint Statement Signing Ceremony. Photo courtesy of Norwegian Shipowners' Association. Photo MPA

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), represented by Chief Executive, Andrew Tan, signed a Joint Statement with the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries on October 10 during the State Visit by President Tony Tan Keng Yam to Norway. Norway’s signatory was State Secretary Dilek Ayhan. The signing was witnessed by President Tony Tan and His Majesty King, Harald V of Norway. Besides substantial commercial and industrial cooperation between the maritime clusters of Singapore and Norway…

Nigeria, Singapore Seal Maritime Partnership

Photo: News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Maritime and Ports Authority of Singapore have held a bilateral meeting to seek areas of collaboration between the two maritime regulators at the sidelines of the Maritime Regulators Forum holding in Singapore. The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside met with his counterpart at the Maritime and Ports Authority (MPA) of Singapore,  Andrew Tan where they pledged to collaborate for the benefit of both countries.

MPA to Enhance Collaboration with Rotterdam Port

Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Andrew Tan, attended the second Port Authorities Roundtable (PAR) in Rotterdam. Hosted by the Port of Rotterdam Authority (PoR), the closed-door roundtable event brought together port authorities from major ports in Asia, Europe and US to network, exchange views and explore areas of collaboration. Participants included port authorities which attended the inaugural PAR in Singapore such as Ningbo Municipal Port Administration Bureau…

DNV GL, MPA Collaborate in Maritime R&D

The signing ceremony took place at the DNV GL 150th anniversary celebrations, in the presence of Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Singapore’s Minister for Transport and Mr Borge Brende, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

DNV GL and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today to promote research and development (R&D) and innovation in the maritime industry. The signing ceremony took place at the DNV GL 150th anniversary celebrations, in the presence of Lui Tuck Yew, Singapore’s Minister for Transport, and Borge Brende, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. The MOU was signed between Dr. Henrik Madsen, DNV GL’s Group President and Chief Executive Officer, and Andrew Tan, MPA Chief Executive.

MPA, ClassNK Ink MoU On Ship Safety

Picture: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and ship classification society ClassNK, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance ship safety and environmental sustainability. "With the MOU, the first to be established between MPA and ClassNK, both parties will collaborate on maritime technologies research and development (R&D) project and conduct conferences and workshops," MPA Chief Executive, Andrew Tan said. In addition, there will also be a focus on marine renewable energy which will cover tidal energy generation, energy storage systems and bio-fouling studies.

MPA Chief to Keynote SOS 2015

Sustainable  Ocean Summit

Mr Tan will provide the opening keynote address for the World Ocean Council’s Sustainable Ocean Summit, (SOS), 9-11 November 2015. MPA Chief Executive Mr Andrew Tan stated, “Singapore is honoured to host the first Sustainable Ocean Summit to be held in Asia. In reflecting on the unique nature of the WOC, he added, “Ensuring that responsible maritime businesses are contributing to maintaining a healthy global ocean requires a global, multi-sectoral effort. The WOC distinguishes the SOS as a “working conference”, i.e.

MPA Calls for Integrated Approach to Blue Economy

Speech by Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA at 3rd Busan International Port Conference (Photo: MPA)

In his opening address at the Sustainable Ocean Summit 2015 held in Singapore today, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) Mr Andrew Tan called for an integrated approach bringing together the science, the research, technology and different disciplines to understand the various eco-systems within the oceans and uncover more of the nexus between land and sea and how each affects the other. Tan's speech also underlined four principles to ensure an enduring Blue Economy that fulfils the twin goals of growth and sustainability, i.e.

Rotterdam and Singapore Ports' Pact on Research

Andrew Tan, MPA Chief Executive, and  Allard Castelein, President and CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU): The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)  and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to exchange information on marine services and jointly collaborate on research and development in the areas of service efficiency and optimisation, and new developments in the maritime and port sectors. Under the MoU the two parties will exchange information on marine services, including standards, and regulatory frameworks for bunkering and other marine services, as well as the application of information technology in providing those services.

MPA Asks Singapore Maritime Firms to Adopt Sustainability Reporting

Image:  Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

In June this year, the Singapore Exchange (SGX) introduced sustainability reporting on a ‘comply or explain’ basis. To assist and encourage the maritime sector to embrace the new requirement for Sustainability / Integrated reporting, MPA organised a Maritime Sustainability Workshop. At this workshop, Special Advisor to SGX, Ms Yeo Lian Sim, explained the rationale for the new requirements. Tan Suan Jow, MPA’s Director of Shipping, also highlighted that to promote clean and green shipping…

Singapore Boosts Spending on Maritime Training

Image: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore - MPA

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will inject another S$65 million (US$46.8 million) into the Maritime Cluster Fund-Manpower Development program (MCF-MD) to attract and groom local talent for the maritime sector. This brings the funds invested under this program since 2007 to S$115 million. The additional funding will be used to introduce new initiatives as well as step up existing efforts. “MPA is committed to building a strong core of local talent in the maritime industry…

Singapore Reaffirms Anti-Piracy Role

Group photo of Meeting Attendees from IMO, ReCAAP ISC, and MP. Photo by ReCAAP

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) Thursday reaffirmed its support for Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery (ReCAAP), highlighting the "instrumental role" the organisation has played in addressing piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia. The MPA, host to the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC), notes that ReCAAP's membership has risen from 14 contracting parties in 2006 to 20 this year, a development that the MPA says is a testament to the organisation's persisting relevance and importance in the region's efforts in anti-piracy.

Singapore MPA Unveils Smart Port Initiatives

Launch of the 'myMaritime@SG' mobile application: Photo by MPA

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has announced several new initiatives to improve connectivity in the Port of Singapore, including a new 4G mobile network built in collaboration with M1 Limited. The MPA and M1 also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together in promoting this 4G technology to shipping companies operating within Singapore port waters, to increase connectivity in an effort to improve operations and crew welfare. Both organizations have also committed to research and testing of new technologies to improve the network in the future.

Andrew Garrad Awarded CBE in New Year’s Honours List

Photo: DNV GL

Dr Andrew Garrad, who retired from DNV GL on 23 December 2016, has been awarded a CBE – Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List. The CBE rewards contributions to the arts and sciences as well as work with charitable and welfare organisations. In 1984, Andrew co-founded Garrad Hassan (GH) in Bristol. It grew to become the world’s largest renewable energy consultancy, employing 1,000 people in 29 countries. He became President of GL Garrad Hassan after Germanischer Lloyd (GL) and Garrad Hassan merged in 2009.

MPA Launches New Training Facility

Unveiling of the plaque to mark the opening of the new MPA Academy premises. Photo by Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has launched a new training facility in its academy. The new training facility is in the PSA Building along with many other MPA’s divisions, making the facility more accessible to MPA officers. “Training is a common denominator for all maritime administrations," said MPA chief executive Andrew Tan. The new facility was opened in conjunction with the start of the 5th Maritime Public Leaders’ Programme. Since its launch in 2011, more than 70 participants from 40 countries have taken part in the week-long course.

Singapore, Malaysia Conduct Joint Chemical Spill Drill

Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Marine Department of Malaysia (MDM) conducted a joint chemical spill exercise at sea along the East Johor Straits to test the Joint Emergency Response Plan (ERP) for chemical spill incidents and the communication linkages between the Operation Liaison Officers (OLOs) and the Environment Liaison Officers (ELOs) in both countries. Jointly developed by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the Marine Department of Malaysia (MDM)…

Singapore: Ferry Emergency Exercise Tests Multi-Agencies’ Readiness

Passengers evacuated to life raft using a cat-slide. Photo: MPA

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) held a half-day emergency preparedness exercise, codenamed ‘FEREX 2016’ yesterday (September 02). The annual ferry exercise (FEREX) aims to test the readiness of various agencies to respond to ferry mishaps in the Port of Singapore. More than 450 personnel from 15 agencies and companies took part in this full deployment exercise which included deployment of resources at sea at the Western Anchorage for rescue operations, manning of emergency operations centre at MPA’s Port Operations Control Centre…

Singapore Continues to Harmonize LNG Bunkering Standards

MoU inked to further efforts to facilitate uptake of LNG for the future. Photo:  Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

To develop the world’s first set of harmonised LNG bunkering standards, a network comprising Antwerp, Rotterdam, Singapore and Zeebrugge, subsequently expanded to include Jacksonville and Norway, was formed. Taking reference from documents by organisations such as the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH), the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF), this set of harmonised standards  will ensure that key areas of the LNG bunkering process are aligned across ports carrying out LNG bunkering operations.

Nominations Open for Singapore International Maritime Awards 2017

Image: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is calling for nominations for the Singapore International Maritime Awards (IMA) 2017. The biennial IMA recognises individuals and companies for their outstanding contributions to Singapore's development as a premier global hub port and a leading international maritime centre. The following award categories for IMA 2017 are now open for nomination. Please refer to Annex A for details. The nomination forms and assessment criteria for IMA 2017 are available here. Nominations will close on 6th Jan 2017.

Singapore’s Mega Terminal Construction Kicks Off

Image: MPA Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has started the construction of a new container terminal at the western end of the island to replace existing container port facilities and consolidate operations for the long term. The first phase of the Tuas Terminal project will have 20 deepwater berths with an initial capacity to handle an annual traffic of 20 million twenty-foot-container equivalent units (TEUs), rising to 65 million TEUs when completed by 2046. The start…

MPA Conducts Ferry Evacuation Exercise To Test Emergency Preparedness

Passengers being transferred from liferaft to MPA patrol boat. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) held a half-day ferry evacuation exercise today to test the readiness of various agencies to respond to potential ferry mishaps in the Port of Singapore. More than 150 personnel from eight agencies and companies took part in this exercise, which included deployment of resources at sea at the Small Craft Anchorage for rescue operations and at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (TMFT), the landing point for ‘rescued’ passengers. To practise the ferry crew on the passenger management and evacuation drills at sea…

More Ferry Services between Johor and Singapore

Image: Changi Point Ferry Terminal

As agreements was signed between Singapore and Malaysia to boost the number of ferry trips between Changi Ferry Terminal, Singapore and Tanjung Belungkor in south-eastern Johor, Malaysia. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed was between Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) and the Johor Port Authority on the sidelines of the annual retreat between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak. The agreement is an update of the MOU first…

IBM, MPA Team Up to Improve Port Technology

Tim Greisinger, Managing Director, IBM Singapore (left) and Andrew Tan, Chief Executive MPA signing the MOU, witnessed by Ms Janet Ang, Vice President, Systems of Engagement & Smarter Cities, IBM Asia Pacific and  Lucien Wong, Chairman MPA. Photo: MPA

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has signed a memorandum of understanding with IBM to research ways to ease traffic congestion, improve safety standards and prevent illegal bunkering activity at the port, the MPA said in a statement. The partnership will develop and test-bed new analytics-based technologies, aimed at improving maritime and port operations to cater to increasing growth in vessel traffic in Singapore. As part of the two-year agreement, IBM will create…

MPA Launches Inaugural Maritime Youth Festival

Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Ministry of Transport, Mrs Josephine Teo officially opened the inaugural Maritime Youth Festival (MYF). Organised by Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), MYF is a biennial two-day festival that aims to raise awareness of Maritime Singapore through a weekend of fun-filled activities. Positioned as an event that is run for youth by youth, participants will be introduced to different aspects of maritime industry in a light-hearted manner through booth games and activities.


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