Singapore-Rotterdam Green & Digital Corridor adds new partners

The Singapore-Rotterdam Green & Digital Shipping Corridor (GDSC), established by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Port of Rotterdam Authority in August 2022, has added a range of new value-chain partners, including liner shipping company Hapag-Lloyd and the A*STAR Centre for Maritime Digitalisation.

The total number of shipping lines, fuel suppliers, port authorities, industry coalitions, banks, institutes of higher learning and knowledge partners now partnering with GDSC stands at 26.

Having joined this group, the A*STAR Centre for Maritime Digitalisation (A*STAR’s C4MD), led by A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (A*STAR IHPC), has plans to work with the GDSC to develop computational modelling, simulation and artificial intelligence systems to support the maritime ecosystem.

As part of the development of the GDSC, Singapore and Rotterdam have already successfully trialled the exchange of port-to-port data and are now able to exchange vessel arrival and departure times to facilitate port planning and for ships to optimise their port call voyage between Singapore and Rotterdam.

Following this trial, Singapore and Rotterdam have jointly issued a call-for-proposal (CFP) for standards-based systems that enable efficient and secure data exchange between ship and shore. This exchange will be in accordance with global standards from the IMO, International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), and International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

As part of the CFP process, more than 30 representatives from shipping lines and technology providers have signed up for the industry engagement session to explore the role of digital ship identity solutions, refine data exchange process and align on value quantification. The closing date for submissions is on 31 May 2024.

Together with industry partners, both ports are facilitating a proof of concept to conduct monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of GHG emissions along the route. The proof of concept would be based on global industry standards for emissions reporting and aligned with international and regional emissions reporting requirements, such as those under the EU’s MRV regime and the IMO’s Data Collection System (DCS).

“The progress made since the establishment of the Singapore-Rotterdam Green and Digital Shipping Corridor in August 2022 demonstrates that public-private collaboration across global value chains can be achieved,” said Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive of MPA.

“This collaboration will allow Singapore and Rotterdam to pilot innovative solutions on one of the world’s busiest shipping routes and accelerate the decarbonisation and digitalisation of the shipping industry.”

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