The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has renewed an existing memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in Information Exchange and Research and Development (R&D) with the Port of Rotterdam Authority (PoR) in the Netherlands.

As a part of the MoU, originally signed in 2015, MPA and PoR have been working together in multiple areas, including maritime cybersecurity, liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering and next-generation vessel traffic management systems.

The agreement will extend the collaboration to the fields of port digitalisation, services, safety and operations, as well as handling of autonomous vessels in the port.

PoR CEO Allard Castelein said: “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.

“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.”

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“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.”

PoR, the operator of the Port of Rotterdam, primarily intends to develop, manage and exploit the port in a sustainable way, as well as offer quick and safe services for shipping activities.

MPA chief executive Andrew Tan said: “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.

“Collaboration in maritime cybersecurity, LNG bunkering and innovation not only fosters partnerships between MPA and PoR, but also benefits the maritime innovation ecosystem.”

MPA signed a total of seven deals in April with local and international partners to improve Singapore’s connectivity and boost maritime research and development (R&D) capabilities.