The Port of Singapore was presented with the ‘Best Green Service Provider – Seaport’ award at the 24th Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards held earlier this month in Shanghai.
The award recognizes Singapore’s long-standing commitment to environmentally-friendly shipping and port activities. For instance, the country is compliant with environmental regulations set by national and global bodies (such as all the Annexes of the International Maritime Organization’s MARPOL convention), and its consistent application of environmental standards is complemented by recent investments in green initiatives and technology. Specifically, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) driving maritime R&D in clean technologies in partnership with tertiary research institutions and the industry, supported by MPA’s S$100 million Maritime Innovation and Technology Fund.
The other seven nominees for the award were the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Tacoma, Vancouver and Brisbane. (See this earlier post for information about how U.S. federal officials are working to promote marine highways to help reduce both emissions and traffic congestion.)
In addition, to winning ‘Best Green Service Provider – Seaport,’ the Port of Singapore took home the ‘Best Seaport in Asia’ for the 22nd time.
“The awards underscore Singapore’s continued commitment to enhance port and shipping efficiency in our pursuit towards environmentally-friendly and efficient shipping. We are committed to working in close partnerships with the industry and stakeholders to facilitate the development of businesses and the development of Singapore as a global hub port and an international maritime center,” says Lam Yi Young, Chief Executive of the MPA.