MPA-NYK collab to promote safe use of zero-carbon fuels

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Japanese shipping company NYK have joined forces to accelerate maritime decarbonization, digitalization, and manpower development efforts, including the promotion of the safe use of marine fuels.

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Under the memorandum of understanding signed on July 2, MPA and NYK agreed to deepen their partnership and collaborate on various initiatives for promoting sustainable maritime industry.

The collaboration will include the promotion of the safe use of marine fuels such as biofuels, methanol, and low or zero-carbon ammonia through a phased approach.

MPA and NYK will also discuss maritime training programs for seafarers on ammonia-fueled vessels and other sustainability-related skills and competencies to support the industry’s transition towards alternative low or zero- carbon fuels, including leadership programs for local professionals.

Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive of MPA, said: “This MoU marks a significant milestone in the longstanding partnership between MPA and NYK. As a major bunkering and a maritime hub port, Singapore is in a phase of introducing alternative fuels and enhancing manpower development. MPA looks forward to our partnership with NYK to unlock our collective potential and develop solutions that can be scaled up to benefit the global maritime community in the move towards smart and sustainable shipping.”

The world’s busiest transshipment hub and largest bunkering port reported a growing demand for greener fuels in 2023. Bunker sales in Singapore reached a record 51.8 million tonnes in 2023, surpassing the previous high, with alternative fuels accounting for 1.2% of the sales, according to MPA.

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Takaya Soga, President and CEO of NYK, commented: “NYK has been proactively working on decarbonisation initiatives, digitalisation, and maritime human resource development to materialise a sustainable maritime industry. We have begun ammonia-fuel-related business development including bunkering projects, endorsing the Singaporean government’s initiative on fuel ammonia.

“Singapore plays a significant role in the maritime industry as the world’s largest hub port for trans-shipment and bunkering. We are delighted to conclude this MoU with MPA as we share the same goals. This MoU will accelerate cooperation between MPA and NYK and contribute to the sustainable development of maritime industry.”