THE MARITIME and Port Authority of Singapore has signed three memoranda of understanding with regional maritime administrations and partners in China.

The MoU aim to advance collaboration on digitalisation, decarbonisation, talent development and information exchange.

MPA signed its MoU with the Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission on 24 September at the Port Authorities Roundtable on the sidelines of the third Global Sustainability Transport Forum in Beijing.

“The MoU aims to strengthen port and maritime ties between two of the world’s largest ports to foster mutual learning through information exchange on port and shipping developments, maritime policies and regulations, as well as training and research,” MPA said.

“The MoU also aims to co-develop digitalisation and decarbonisation solutions for shipping and port development.

“Given its role in the development of the Yangtze River delta, Shanghai is also one of China’s key transhipment centres.

An MoU between MPA and the Tianjin Port and Shipping Authority was signed during the forum on 26 September.

“Under the MoU, MPA and TPSA will discuss issues relating to maritime digitalisation and decarbonisation; exchange information and experiences on development on shipping and regulatory framework, port developments, and maritime training; and facilitate maritime talent exchanges and collaborative opportunities in areas such as maritime research and development,” MPA said.

“Located in the Bohai Bay Rim Region, Tianjin Port is one of the largest ports in Northern China and one of the fastest growing Chinese ports in terms of annual container throughput.”

And on 25 September MPA signed an MoU with the China Classification Society.

“MPA and CCS will explore collaborations to reduce greenhouse gas emission through the use of zero or near-zero emission marine fuels and marine battery technology; co-innovate smart ships technologies with researchers, industry, and maritime startups through platforms such as PIER71 and support the development of maritime talent and training through maritime scholarship programme and internship opportunities.

“Headquartered in Beijing, CCS is a full member of the International Association of Classifications Societies with over 120 offices worldwide.”

Earlier this week the International Chamber of Shipping announced the opening of a new representative office in China.