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 The world of shipping is going through gas (GHG), aiming for a 50 percent reduction The MSGI has been one of MPA’s key
tough times, where the ability of
shipping services to deliver vital goods is central to overcoming the pandemic.
The single biggest challenge the world is facing, pandemic or not, is the battle against global warming and climate change. Environmental concerns and priorities will influence the way the maritime industry operates. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has set a target for the international shipping sector to reduce quantitative carbon intensity and greenhouse
in total annual GHG emissions by 2050. Such an ambitious GHG reduction strategy poses challenges for a range of stakeholders, from ship owners, to ship builders, designers, and fuel suppliers financiers and policy makers.
As a trusted hub port and international maritime centre, Singapore is committed to promoting environmental sustainability in the maritime industry and has adopted strategies that include the Maritime Singapore Green Initiative (MSGI) and Maritime Singapore Decarbonisation Blueprint 2050.
sustainability initiatives since 2011. To meet maritime sustainability goals, MPA reviewed MSGI in 2019, where it was enhanced with a new focus on decarbonisation. As a result, new carbon emissions-related incentives have replaced existing sulphur emissions-related ones in the Green Ship Programme (GSP) and the Green Port Programme (GPP). The GSP now includes a new incentive to encourage the adoption of engines using alternative fuels with lower carbon content. In addition, the GPP now has new incentives for the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker during port stay and for ships exceeding IMO’s Energy Efficiency Design Index requirements. The two MSGI programmes have been extended for another five years to 31 December 2024.
Another milestone in the Maritime Singapore story will be etched come 2021, when MPA launches the Maritime Singapore Decarbonisation Blueprint 2050. The blueprint contains a few focus areas. MPA hopes that port terminal and local harbourcraft operators can implement operational measures to reduce their carbon footprint and adopt lower-carbon alternative energy sources such as LNG or electrification. A bunkering roadmap for transitioning Singapore’s bunkering industry to cater for future lower-carbon fuels is also in the works. On the international front, MPA will continue to work with the industry to adopt energy-efficient ship designs and for Singapore-registered ships to be sustainable in their operations.
Under Research and Development (R&D) efforts, through the SGD40 million Maritime GreenFuture Fund, MPA is working with the industry and academia to develop technologies and pilot the use of alternative marine fuels, such as methanol and biofuels.
  Maritime Singapore Green Initiative (MSGI)
was first launched in 2011. MPA became known as the world’s first maritime administration to launch a comprehensive pro-environment initiative. When it was renewed in 2016, it included two new programmes – Green Awareness Programme and the Green Energy Programme. MSGI was reviewed again in 2019 to ensure relevance. Subsequently, it was extended for five years until 2024, where the enhanced MSGI featured a fresh focus on decarbonisation. Under the enhanced MSGI, new carbon emissions-related incentives replace the sulphur emissions- related ones in the Green Ship Programme (GSP) and Green Port Programme (GPP).
As at 2019, 574 Singapore-flagged ships have qualified for the GSP. GPP has achieved considerable success with more than 4,700 vessel calls having switched to marine fuel with sulphur content not exceeding 1 percent. The Green Technology Programme (GTP) has more than 20 projects involving 60 vessels. The annual carbon dioxide emissions from the improved ships has been reduced by more than 177,000 tonnes. In 2020, the GTP was replaced with the Green Energy and Technology Programme, which focuses on technology development to support maritime decarbonisation. The Green Energy Programme supports the growth of Singapore’s LNG bunkering industry by providing funding for seven LNG-fuelled vessels and two LNG bunker vessels.

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