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MPA inks cooperation deal with Japan

This is to promote greater collaboration between the port sectors of the two countries.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Ports and Harbours Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) at the sideline of the International Symposium on LNG bunkering in Yokohama, Japan.

The areas of cooperation under the MOC include port planning, port management, and technological development in the port sector.

The deal is expected to further strengthen the bilateral ties between MPA and MLIT.

To promote greater collaboration between the port sectors, MPA and MLIT initiated the first bilateral maritime transport personnel exchange programme in 2016. Officers were attached to both organisations to learn more about the respective port sectors.

MPA chief executive Andrew Tan said the signing of the deal is timely given the changes taking place in the maritime sector with the advent of new technologies, rise of the digital economy, and shifts in world trade.

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