NYK is teaming up with the Singapore Maritime & Port Authority to accelerate shipping decarbonisation, digitalisation and manpower development.

They said they will “collaborate on various initiatives” to promote a sustainable industry.

“The partnership will include promoting the safe use of maritime fuels such as biofuels, methanol and low or zero-carbon ammonia through a phased approach,” NYK said.

The organisations will also discuss training programmes for seafarers on ammonia-fuelled vessels and other skills to support the fuel transition, including leadership programmes for local professionals.

MPA chief executive Teo Eng Dih described the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the two organisations as a “significant milestone”.

“As a major bunkering and a maritime hub port, Singapore is in a phase of introducing alternative fuels and enhancing manpower development,” he said.

He hopes the partnership will “unlock our collective potential and develop solutions that can be scaled up to benefit the global maritime community in the move towards smart and sustainable shipping”.

Chief executive Takaya Soga said NYK has been working on decarbonisation initiatives, digitalisation and human resource development to build a sustainable industry.

“We have begun ammonia-fuel-related business development including bunkering projects, endorsing the Singaporean government’s initiative on fuel ammonia,” he said.

“This MoU will accelerate cooperation between MPA and NYK and contribute to the sustainable development of the maritime industry.”

NYK is collaborating with the MPA-backed Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation in a five-year strategic partnership.