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53 more ships from 41 companies qualify for Green Ship Programme under MPA
THE Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Friday recognised another 53 Green Ships from 41 companies that have qualified for the Green Ship Programme (GSP) at the Third Singapore Registry of Ships Forum (SRS Forum).
The programme encourages Singapore-flagged ships to reduce carbon dioxide and sulphur oxide emissions.
Qualifying Singapore-flagged ships can enjoy a reduction of initial registration fees and a rebate on annual tonnage tax.
Since the GSP's inception in 2011, 247 Green Ships under the Singapore Flag have joined the programme.
At the same time, 10 maritime companies have signed the Maritime Singapore Green Pledge, bringing the total number of signees to 100 companies since the initiative's inception in 2011.
Companies signing the pledge commit to be responsible members of the international maritime community by supporting and promoting clean and green shipping in Singapore.
Five companies were also recognised for contributing up to the 85th million gross tonnage in the SRS tonnage.
This year's SRS forum is about "quality shipping" and focuses on the importance of safe, responsible and sustainable maritime operations.
MPA and Du Pont Company (Singapore) also inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on services and solutions for the maritime industry.