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Environmental Responsibility


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

Proactive Environmental Management

To understand the environmental impact of our development projects, we make it a point to conduct environmental impact assessments (EIA) before commencing such projects.

For instance, prior to the development of Pasir Panjang Terminals, the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) 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% of the affected corals are thriving well today, after being transplanted to nearby artificial reefs.

To ensure that Tuas Terminal is developed in a sustainable manner that addresses any environmental impact, MPA is working closely with its appointed consultants as well as local interest groups to implement similar measures.

Collaborative Efforts

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, Singapore has ratified every major IMO Convention relating to the prevention of pollution from ships.  We have acceded to all six Annexes of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). More recently, we acceded to the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems (AFS) on Ships in 2010, as well as the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) in 2017. We have also launched a S$100 million  Maritime Singapore Green Initiative  (MSGI) in 2011 to promote clean and green shipping. The MSGI was further enhanced in 2019 to focus on decarbonisation of shipping and now comprises four programmes - Green Ship Programme, Green Port Programme, Green Energy and Technology Programme and Green Awareness Programme.