The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Port of Rotterdam Authority renewed their memorandum of understanding on cooperation in information exchange and research and development.
The memorandum was signed on Tuesday at the sidelines of the 4th Port Authorities Roundtable (PAR) held in Long Beach, USA.
Since the start of the MoU in 2015, the two ports have been working together in key areas such as maritime cybersecurity, LNG bunkering and next generation vessel traffic management systems.
The renewal of the MoU, signed by Andrew Tan, chief executive of MPA and Allard Castelein, CEO of Port of Rotterdam, seeks to further the collaboration between the two counterparts in port digitalisation, port services, port safety and operations and handling of autonomous vessels in port, a joint statement reads.
“This renewal of the MoU between PoR and MPA reaffirms the commitment of both parties to jointly collaborate and exchange best practices and new ideas,” Tan said,
He added that collaboration in maritime cybersecurity, LNG bunkering and innovation not only fosters partnerships between MPA and PoR, but also benefits the maritime innovation ecosystem.
“In a rapidly changing world, it has become more important than ever to join forces with other international partners to see how we can make our ports better, safer, smarter and more efficient,” Castelein said.
“This renewed memorandum of understanding between the MPA and PoR is a good example of this. Together, we are working on the port of the future by exchanging knowledge,” Castelein said.