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Australia and Singapore strike green digital shipping corridor partnership

The new MoU between the two nations will help digitalise and decarbonise a major freight shipping corridor

Australia and Singapore have announced a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) to formally collaborate and establish a Singapore-Australia green and digital shipping corridor (GDSC).

The signing of this MoU was welcomed by the Prime Ministers of Singapore and Australia during their ninth Annual Leaders’ Meeting in Melbourne on March 5.

Signed by Singapore transport minister Chee Hong Tat and Australian federal transport minister Catherine King, the MoU is set to accelerate maritime decarbonisation and digitalisation.

“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,” Chee Hong Tat says.

Under the MoU, both countries will work with interested partners to explore opportunities to develop zero or near-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emission fuel supply chains for the maritime industry, including building necessary infrastructure, formalising standards and developing and implementing the training requirements.

The MoU will also explore facilitating digital information exchange to enable efficient port clearance, port calls and flow of vessels between Singapore and Australia, and facilitate collaboration between the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Australian federal, state and territory governments, and industry stakeholders.

King says Australia holds great potential to be a key producer of green marine fuels and Singapore is the world’s largest bunkering and busiest transhipment hub port with a vibrant research and innovation ecosystem.

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

“This collaboration will place Singapore and Australia among the leaders in contributing to the international maritime community’s objectives, while supporting Australia’s exports of clean renewable energy.”

The collaboration is expected to help catalyse the development and uptake of zero or near-zero GHG emission technologies and the adoption of digital solutions to enhance the resilience, efficiency and sustainability of global maritime supply chains.

In addition to the MoU, MPA and Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), supported by Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), are working to collaborate on research and development, demonstration projects and pilots under the Australia-Singapore Initiative on Low Emissions Technologies for Maritime and Port Operations (ASLET).

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