The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach report that they have begun discussions to establish a green and digital shipping corridor between Singapore and the San Pedro Bay port complex on the west coast of the US.
The corridor will focus on digital tools to support deployment of low- and zero-carbon ships, as well as the introduction of low- and zero-carbon fuels for bunkering.
The discussions, which also included C40 Cities, a network of mayors of nearly 100 cities collaborating on climate action, took place in support of the Green Shipping Challenge launched at the UN COP27 Climate Change Conference in Egypt.
As hub ports, Singapore, Los Angeles and Long Beach are key nodes on trans-Pacific shipping lanes. The three ports and C40 Cities plan to work with other stakeholders in the maritime and energy value chains to identify digital shipping programmes and develop green fuel sources for bunkering to support efficient cargo movement.
“The trans-Pacific corridor is one of the busiest trade routes in the world. MPA is pleased to support the development of a green and digital shipping corridor with the USA through the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach, given their strong connectivity and existing initiatives with C40 Cities,” said Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive of MPA.
“Through this corridor, we hope to support the decarbonisation of global supply chains, complementing efforts undertaken by the industry and the International Maritime Organization to drive the decarbonisation and digital transition for international shipping.”