20 more companies sign the Maritime Singapore Green Pledge [Press Release]

December 3, 2013 by  
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Twenty more maritime companies came together today to sign the Maritime Singapore Green Pledge to signify their commitment towards promoting clean and green shipping in Singapore. They join the 40 companies that have already signed the Green Pledge so far.

The signing took place during the Singapore Registry of Ships Forum on “Responsible Shipping” and was witnessed by Mr Lam Yi Young, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

The 20 new signatories of the Green Pledge are listed in Annex A and include shipping lines, salvage companies and offshore service providers. A total of 60 organisations have signed the Green Pledge and pledged their commitment to promote clean and green shipping in Singapore. (Annex A also includes the lists of companies that signed the Green Pledge in 2011 and 2012)

The Maritime Singapore Green Pledge was launched in 2011 as part of the Maritime Singapore Green Initiative. The Maritime Singapore Green Initiative comprises three programmes – Green Ship Programme, Green Port Programme and Green Technology Programme. As of end November 2013, 96 Singapore-flagged ships have been recognised as Green Ships under the Green Ship Programme, more than 1,900 vessel calls have enjoyed port dues concessions under the Green Port Programme and S$12 million of co-funding has been approved under the Green Technology Programme. (Please refer to Annex B for a fact sheet on the Maritime Singapore Green Initiative.)

The Singapore Registry of Ships Forum on “Responsible Shipping” was organised by MPA for owners and operators of Singapore-registered ships to exchange views and insights on the challenges faced by various stakeholders in ensuing safe, secure and efficient global shipping activities. More than 200 senior maritime executives attended the Forum.

During his welcome remarks at the Forum, Mr Lam Yi Young, Chief Executive of MPA, announced that starting from 1 January 2014, the Singapore Registry of Ships will introduce a new Annual Administrative Fee scheme to provide greater administrative convenience and lower transaction costs for owners of Singapore-flagged ships. Under this scheme, ship owners will have the option of paying an annual fee of S$600 per ship instead of making payments on a per transaction basis. The majority of ship owners will pay less in total fees if they opt for the Annual Administrative Fee scheme.

Annex A

List of Organisations that signed the Green Pledge on 3 December 2013

  1. Asian Lift Pte Ltd
  2. Boskalis International (S) Pte Ltd
  3. Celeste Holding Pte Ltd
  4. Eastern Navigation Pte Ltd
  5. Ezra Holdings Ltd
  6. J. Lauritzen Singapore Pte Ltd
  7. Keppel Smit Towage Pte Ltd
  8. Maersk Tankers Singapore Pte Ltd
  9. Maju Maritime Pte Ltd
  10. Oil Spill Response Ltd
  11. Orient Express Lines
  12. Pacific Radiance Ltd
  13. Posh Semco Pte Ltd
  14. PSA Marine (Pte) Ltd
  15. Singapore Cruise Centre Pte Ltd
  16. SMIT Singapore Pte Ltd
  17. Stolt-Nielsen Singapore
  18. Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd
  19. The China Navigation Co Pte Ltd
  20. Western Shipping Pte Ltd

List of Organisations that signed the Green Pledge on 17 October 2012

  1. ABB Private Limited
  2. AET Shipmanagement (Singapore)
  3. British Marine (Asia) Private Limited
  4. BW Maritime
  5. Evergas
  6. Hamburg Süd Hong Kong Limited
  7. Hong Lam Marine
  8. Hanjin Shipping
  9. IMC Industrial Group
  10. M.T.M Ship Management Private Limited
  11. Norgas Carriers Private Limited
  12. Ultrabulk Shipholding (Singapore) Private Limited
  13. Wan Hai Lines

List of Organisations that signed the Green Pledge on 12 January 2012

  1. American Bureau of Shipping
  2. Bureau Veritas Marine (Singapore) Pte Ltd
  3. China Classification Society
  4. Det Norske Veritas Pte Ltd
  5. Germanischer Lloyd
  6. Korean Register of Shipping (KR)
  7. Lloyd’s Register Asia
  8. Masterbulk Pte Ltd
  9. Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK)
  10. NYK Bulkship (Asia) Pte Ltd
  11. NYK Group South Asia Pte Ltd
  12. RINA Hong Kong Limited Singapore Branch
  13. ST Shipping & Transport Pte.Ltd
  14. Tolani Shipping (Singapore) Pte Ltd
  15. Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics AS (Singapore Branch)

List of Organisations that signed the Green Pledge on 12 April 2011

  1. BP Singapore Pte. Limited
  2. Jurong Port Pte Ltd
  3. Keppel Offshore & Marine
  4. Maersk Line – Asia Pacific Region
  5. Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
  6. Neptune Orient Lines Limited
  7. Ocean Tankers (Pte) Ltd
  8. Pacific International Lines (Pte) Ltd
  9. PSA Corporation Ltd
  10. Sembcorp Marine
  11. Shell Marine Products
  12. Singapore Shipping Association

Annex B: Maritime Singapore Green Initiative

The Maritime Singapore Green Initiative was announced by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) in 2011 to reduce the environmental impact of shipping and related activities and to promote clean and green shipping in Singapore. MPA pledged an investment of up to S$100 million over five years to the initiative.

The Green Initiative comprises three programmes – the Green Ship Programme, the Green Port Programme and the Green Technology Programme. These voluntary programmes are designed to recognise and provide incentives to companies that adopt clean and green shipping practices over and above the minimum required by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) conventions.

The Green Ship Programme encourages Singapore-flagged ships to reduce carbon dioxide and sulphur oxides emissions. Qualifying ships that adopt energy efficient ship designs exceeding IMO’s Energy Efficiency Design Index and/or adopt approved SOx scrubber technology exceeding IMO’s emission requirements can enjoy up to 75% reduction of Initial Registration Fees and up to 50% rebate on Annual Tonnage Tax.

The Green Port Programme encourages ocean-going ships calling at the Port of Singapore to reduce the emission of pollutants. Ships that use approved abatement technology or burn clean fuel while at berth can enjoy 15% reduction in port dues, while ships that do so throughout their entire port stay within the port limits can enjoy 25% reduction.

The Green Technology Programme encourages local maritime companies to develop and adopt green technologies. Companies can apply for grants of up to 50% of qualifying costs to co-fund the development and adoption of green technological solutions.

Source: MPA

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