Dr Cao Desheng, Director General of the China Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Electronic Certificates with Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) at the 11th China-Singapore Senior Officials’ Committee Meeting (SOCM) in Beijing, China today. Under this MOU, the maritime authorities of China and Singapore will cooperate in the issuance, use and acceptance of Electronic Certificates to facilitate port clearance and Port State control inspections.
2 International shipping plays an important role in global trade and economic development, and is responsible for more than 80 per cent of world trade, transporting goods and raw materials. The certificates of ships and its crew are key documents used in port clearance. The use of electronic certificates will bring several benefits, from improving the efficiency of port clearance, reducing the administrative burden on shipping companies and ships, to allowing for effective enforcement by maritime and port authorities.
3 This MOU and the collaboration by both countries on the use of Electronic Certificates build upon the partnership between China and Singapore under the 2011 MOU on Maritime, Shipping and Port Cooperation between China’s Ministry of Transport and Singapore’s Ministry of Transport. They also advance the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).