Ports of Singapore, Long Beach and Los Angeles sign Green Shipping Corridor Pact Ship’s crew

Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA), Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles, along with the support of C40 Cities, signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a green and digital shipping corridor.

The purpose of the corridor is to support the decarbonization of the maritime industry and improve efficiency through digitization. The signing of the memorandum was witnessed by various leaders from Singapore and the United States.

Building green corridors for shipping requires teamwork

The green and digital shipping corridor is designed to facilitate the transition to low- and zero-emission alternative fuels for ships calling at Singapore and the San Pedro Bay port complex, which houses the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The parties involved will work together to facilitate the supply and roll-out of alternative fuels and explore the necessary infrastructure and regulations for bunkering. The memorandum also aims to identify digital shipping solutions and develop standards and best practices for green ports and bunkering of alternative marine fuels.

The C40 Cities is a climate group made up of nearly 100 mayors from the world’s leading cities working to address the climate crisis.

As leading hub ports, Singapore, Long Beach and Los Angeles are vital to the transpacific shipping trade and key players in the green transition of the maritime sector. The memorandum follows an earlier announcement in November 2022 to establish the corridor and builds on the ports’ longstanding collaboration through platforms such as the Port Authority Roundtable and chainPORT, as well as bilateral initiatives between Singapore and the United States.

The MoU marks the latest partnership for a ‘green shipping corridor’, following the launch of the ‘Clydebank Declaration’ during a key UN climate change conference, COP26, in Scotland in November 2021. During this summit, a coalition of 19 countries agreed to achieve zero-emissions shipping routes to accelerate the decarbonization of the global maritime shipping industry, which is responsible for nearly 3% of global CO2 emissions. Similar corridors have also been announced between Los Angeles and Shanghai and Singapore and Rotterdam.

This latest green and digital shipping corridor is in line with the targets of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) first strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from ships and the respective nationally determined contributions of Singapore and the United States. The three ports, the C40 Cities network and other players in the maritime and energy value chain will come together to accelerate the decarbonisation of the maritime industry.

“Shipping is responsible for about a gigatonne of greenhouse gas emissions every year. But the good news is that many shipping companies, ports and countries are following suit. Today’s MOU is one of those good news,” said John Kerry, the US President’s Climate Ambassador.

Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive of MPA, said: “The signing of this MoU signals our common will to pool our resources, technical insights, industrial and research networks to provide scalable green and digital corridor solutions that help the maritime industry to to achieve the International Maritime Organization’s expected emission reduction targets for 2050 and help drive the development of green growth opportunities.”

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