MPA Singapore hits 3 billion gross tonnage

MPA Singapore hits 3 billion gross tonnage

The Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) set a new annual vessel arrival tonnage record of 3 billion gross tonnage (GT) in 2023.

On 25 December 2023, the arrival of the Singapore-flagged containership ONE Olympus at the Pasir Panjang Terminal heralded the passing of the 3 billion GT mark.

The annual vessel arrival tonnage at Singapore’s Port of Singapore exceeded 3 billion GT in 2023, up from 2.83 billion GT in 2022.

This achievement was recognised during a PSA Horizons event hosted by MPA. Chee Hong Tat, Acting Minister for Transport, presided over the ceremony, which was attended by delegates from the marine sector.

Chee gave mementos to the Master of ONE Olympus, Captain Vaibhav Narula, and Jeremy Nixon, Global Chief Executive Officer of Ocean Network Express (ONE).

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MPA Chief Executive, Teo Eng Dih, said: “We are humbled that Singapore continues to be a choice port of call. We will continue to work with all our tripartite stakeholders to improve the efficiency and safety of our port.

“The launch of the Just-in-Time (JIT) Planning and Coordination Platform on 1 October this year [2023] for vessels calling at PSA terminals and Jurong Port is one such initiative.

“The JIT Platform will help to improve vessel turnarounds and optimise port calls, and thereby reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships. It will be extended progressively to all vessels calling into Singapore from January 2024.”        

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Jeremy Nixon also commented on the milestone: “As ONE we take great pride that one of our vessels has contributed in this way, to assist Singapore in achieving this truly historic and significant 3 billion GT milestone.

“ONE’s enduring ties with Singapore will continue to flourish as we recognise its leading qualities as a global maritime centre, strategic logistics hub and home to our global corporate head office.

“On behalf of ONE and all the maritime companies based and operating in Singapore, we congratulate the Port of Singapore for this fine achievement and wish them further success for many more decades to come.”

In September 2023, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, MPA Singapore, and 20 partners in the Green & Digital Shipping Corridor partnered to reduce emissions from international shipping by 2030.

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