30 January 2024

On 16 December 2023, the Singapore Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan signed a memorandum of cooperation to establish the Singapore-Japan Green and Digital Shipping Corridor.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (“MPA”) will work with six Japanese ports that represent the key nodes for the major economic regions of Kanto, Kansai and Chubu. They are the Port of Tokyo, Port of Yokohama and Port of Kawasaki supporting the Kanto Region, the Port of Osaka and the Port of Kobe supporting the Kansai Region and the Port of Nagoya supporting the Chubu Region.

The establishment of the Green and Digital Shipping Corridor will enable MPA and the six Japanese ports to embark on the following initiatives:

  • Pilot projects and trials for alternative marine fuels such as ammonia and hydrogen
  • Develop necessary bunkering infrastructure, standards and training
  • Encourage development and adoption of technologies to decarbonise port infrastructure

On the digitalisation front, Singapore and Japan will identify and implement digital solutions to streamline port clearance processes. Both sides will also exchange information and best practices on maritime cybersecurity risks as well as other aspects of maritime digitalisation.

Reference materials

The MPA factsheet on this development is available on the MPA website www.mpa.gov.sg.