MPA, IACS ink LOI for maritime solutions

MPA, IACS ink LOI for maritime solutions

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to collaborate on various maritime digitalisation and decarbonisation initiatives. 

The LOI was signed by Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive of MPA and Nick Brown, Council Chairman of IACS, at the sidelines of the 33rd session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Assembly (A33) in London on 30 November.

Under the LOI, both parties will consider the development of technical standards and unified requirements to ensure that new maritime solutions are safely implemented.

The LOI will focus on key areas such as smart and autonomous ships, digitalisation and cybersecurity, marine electrification, and the use of zero- and low-carbon fuels onboard vessels.

As part of the collaboration, both parties will have regular information and knowledge exchange, including discussions on industry challenges and opportunities, standards, best practices, and emerging technologies. 

Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive, MPA, said: “As we advance and accelerate the development of new technologies and solutions which benefit the global maritime community, it is important for harmonised standards to be adopted to ensure that these solutions can be implemented safely.

“We look forward to contributing and working closely with IACS to shape and develop standards that can help to ensure the safety of seafarers and protection of the marine environment.”

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Nick Brown, IACS Chair, stated: “This novel arrangement with the Singapore MPA will assist IACS’ efforts to keep safety at the forefront of the decarbonisation agenda by facilitating access to the data and expertise of one of shipping’s key bunkering and global hub ports. 

“By looking at the entire future fuel supply chain, IACS will be better able to address all the risk and mitigation measures that will need to be implemented onboard vessels and so ensure that safety considerations are front and centre when evaluating the prioritisation and deployment of the new fuels and technologies necessary to support the industry’s transition to a decarbonised future.”

In September 2023, the MPA signed three Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with regional maritime administrations and partners in China to further collaboration on decarbonisation, digitalisation, talent development, and information sharing.

More recently, Officials at the Port of Lobito in Angola conducted a handover ceremony to mark the completion of the pilot Single Window for Facilitation of Trade (SWiFT) project for the newly developed generic Maritime Single Window (MSW) platform.

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