The China Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to promote the use of electronic certificates.
The agreement was signed at the 11th China-Singapore Senior Officials’ Committee Meeting in Beijing.
It stipulates that the port authorities of China and Singapore will cooperate in the issuance, use and acceptance of electronic certificates to facilitate port clearance and Port State control inspections.
The partnership on the use of electronic certificates builds upon the partnership between China and Singapore under the 2011 MoU on Maritime, Shipping and Port Cooperation.
They also advance the ’21st Century Maritime Silk Road’ under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
International shipping plays a key role in global trade and economic development. It is responsible for more than 80% of world trade.
The advantages of using electronic certificates in the shipping industry
The certificates of ships and crew’s data are key documents used for port clearance. The deal is expected to improve the efficiency of port clearance and reduce the administrative burden on carriers.
In addition, it will allow for effective enforcement by maritime and port authorities.