Singapore joins forces with leading classification societies for shipping decarbonization and digitization efforts Ship’s crew

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has partnered with eight of the world’s leading classification societies and signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to collaborate on maritime digitization and decarbonization initiatives.

The announcement was made during the Accelerating Decarbonization Conference as part of Singapore Maritime Week. The agreement was signed by top executives from MPAs and classification societies including American Bureau of Shipping, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore, China Classification Society, DNV, Korean Register, Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK) and RINA.

Singapore serves as the world’s largest bunker center.

Collaboration under the LOI will focus on areas such as smart and autonomous shipping, cybersecurity, electrification, and zero and low-carbon fuels. The partnership aims to advance the development of new technologies and solutions that will ultimately benefit the global maritime community.

Key areas of collaboration include developing standards and technical references for the digitization and decarbonization of shipping, streamlining Singapore Ship Register (SRS) recognition and class notations, developing industry and workforce competencies, and ensuring compliance with laws and regulations regulations.

The MPA and classification societies plan to create new standards and technical references, with an initial focus on meeting Singapore’s requirements. This could include the development of zero- or low-carbon marine fuels such as methanol, ammonia and hydrogen, and the electrification of shipping.

The partnership will also explore more efficient procedures for ships with Class Notations to request and obtain similar SRS Notations and work on safety precautions where appropriate. In addition, the MPA and classification societies will work together to improve future ship designs and develop new training plans for new skills related to digitalization and decarbonization.

“With the rapid changes caused by decarbonization and digitalization, there is a need to work together to learn from each other, partner with like-minded stakeholders to build capabilities and accelerate the development and adoption of new technologies,” said Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive of MPA. “This LOI will pave the way for the MPA to work with these eight recognized classification societies to shape standards and contribute to the development of innovative, viable and cost-effective actions with our trading, green and digital shipping corridor partners and the global shipping community.”

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