Rotterdam and Singapore ports sign collaboration MOU

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Port of Rotterdam yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on information exchange and research collaboration.

Under the MoU the two parties will exchange information on marine services, including standards, and regulatory frameworks for bunkering and other marine services, as well as the application of information technology in providing those services.

The Research and development side of the agreement covers service efficiency and optimisation, as well as new developments such as LNG bunkering and green technology.

Andrew Tan, chief executive of MPA, commented: “This MoU will help strengthen the maritime linkages between ports in Europe and Asia, and forge closer cooperation at a time when ports have to work more closely with one another to ensure the safety, security and efficiency of global shipping.”

Signing on behalf of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Allard Castelein, president and ceo, said: “It is important that the world’s largest and most progressive ports exchange experiences and join efforts to improve their business where they can.”

The signing took place at the end of a closed-door port authority round table, attended by port authorities from around the globe and hosted in Singapore as part of Singapore Maritime Week.

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