Singapore, LA and Long Beach sign new green and digital corridor agreement

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and Port of Long Beach (POLB) have agreed a partnership to create a green and digital shipping corridor (GDSC) across the Pacific Ocean.

The new Partnership Strategy builds upon an MoU signed by the organisations in April 2023 with the aim of establishing a GDSC connecting the three global hub ports.

The GDSC Strategy outlines steps to accelerate decarbonisation of the maritime shipping industry by enabling first mover organisations to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the earliest feasible date.

The ports will work together to build consensus on green shipping best practices and standards, and to improve access to and adoption of technology and digital systems that enhance supply chain efficiency, resilience and decarbonisation while reducing costs and improving reliability.

A partnership structure and governance mechanism have been developed to provide clarity on the roles and responsibilities of GDSC partners, with processes also outlined for onboarding new participants.

As next steps, a study has been commissioned to analyse trade flows and vessel traffic between Singapore, Los Angeles and Long Beach and estimate the quantity of near-zero and zero-emission fuels required for this traffic.

“We are excited to see this partnership grow from strength to strength with the Green and Digital Shipping Corridor Partnership Strategy,” said Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive of MPA.

“We have embarked on evaluating the various digital solutions and zero and near-zero fuels options that could be trialled along the route between Singapore and the San Pedro Bay Port Complex. We look forward to the support of all the corridor stakeholders over the coming months to conduct trials and potentially scale them for wider adoption.”

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