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Shipping and The Environment

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As a responsible hub port and flag State, we seek to balance marine environment protection with the growth of our port and maritime industries. 

We believe in taking a proactive approach in protecting our environment. As such, we make it a point to conduct environmental impact assessments (EIA) before commencing port development projects. For instance, prior to the development of Pasir Panjang Terminals, the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore implemented coral translocations, earth control measures, installation of silt screens and the Environmental Monitoring and Management Plan. All these were carried out with the aim of minimising any potential adverse environmental impact from the project. The result: over 40 per cent of the affected corals are thriving well today, after transplanting them to nearby artificial reefs. 

We are also working with the international maritime community to reduce the environmental impact of shipping and related activities. We support the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) efforts in implementing global regulations to control pollution from ships. To this end, we have acceded to all six Annexes of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). We have also launched a S$100 million Maritime Singapore Green Initiative comprising three programmes – Green Ship Programme, Green Port Programme and Green Technology Programme – to promote clean and green shipping.