MoU Signed by Rotterdam & Singapore Ports

Port of Rotterdam
Updated Published

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to create the longest Green and Digital Corridor in the world to support low- and zero-carbon shipping.

The agreement, which will promote the use of clean maritime fuel alternatives including hydrogen, ammonia, methanol, and biofuels, was made public by the Port of Rotterdam and the MPA.

“This MoU further strengthens the strong partnership between Singapore and Rotterdam.  It reaffirms Singapore’s commitment towards facilitating a multi-fuel bunkering transition as part of the Maritime Singapore Decarbonisation Blueprint 2050, and accelerates our digitalisation efforts to optimise maritime efficiency and improve supply chain resilience. The pilot will complement efforts undertaken by the shipping industry, including partners such as Google Cloud, and the IMO to support decarbonisation and digitalisation transition for international shipping, as we work towards developing and scaling up green and digital solutions for wider adoption,” said MPA Chief Executive Quah Ley Hoon.

“Shipping is among the most important industries to decarbonise, owing to its large international reach and volume, which continues to grow. By bringing together parties across the supply chain along one of the world’s biggest trade lanes, we can enable carriers to switch to zero-carbon fuels and speed up the transition to more sustainable shipping,” said Port of Rotterdam CEO Allard Castelein.

The MoU will bring together key players from all facets of the supply chain to ensure that the first environmentally friendly ships are sailing the route by 2027. By establishing a digital commerce lane that enables the exchange of electronic paperwork and standards, it will also improve marine efficiency, security, and the transparent movement of goods.