MPA signs MOU with Belgium ports

SINGAPORE - The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Antwerp Port Authority and Port of Zeebrugge to cooperate in various areas related to LNG bunkering.

In a statement released on Wednesday, MPA said that the agreement covers bunkering issues including:

  • To harmonise the procedures related to liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering in order to facilitate the acceptance of LNG bunker for shipping.
  • To exchange information on matters related to LNG as a shipping fuel, such as LNG infrastructure, communication to stakeholders, accreditation of bunkering operators.
  • To exchange information pertaining to bunkering procedures and regulatory framework. To identify common areas of interests to set up joint research and development programmes.

The signing ceremony took place at the Ministry of Transport, in the presence of Mrs Hilde Crevits, Flemish Minister for Mobility and Public Works, and Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Singapore's Minister for Transport.

The MOU, which will be in force for three years, was signed between Mr Lam Yi Young, Chief Executive of MPA, Mr Eddy Bruyninckx, Chief Executive Officer of Antwerp Port Authority, and Mr Joachim Coens, Chief Executive Officer of Port of Zeebrugge.

In 2012, the Port of Singapore recorded bunker sales volume of 42.7 million tonnes, retaining its position as the world's top bunkering port.