China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is anticipated to create demand growth for shipping and Singapore is keen to continue playing an important role in the ambitious development strategy, according to Singapore’s minister for trade and industry Chan Chun Sing.

Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) 2019 was officially launched on Sunday afternoon at Marina Square central atrium by, Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore’s Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport.

Vopak Terminals Singapore has kicked start its Sebarok tank expansion project that is set to add four new tanks to store marine gasoil (MGO) in anticipation of demand ahead of the IMO 2020 regulation.

The Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) 2019 has an eye on the future as the nine-day event is set to gather industry experts from around the world to delve deeper on how to drive connectivity, innovate and attract talent.

Terminal operator PSA International is appointing Peter Voser as its new chairman from 1 April as Fock Siew Wah stands down after 13 years in the post.

UAE-based GP Global will make 0.5% sulphur content bunker fuel available from April this year to major ports including Fujairah, Singapore and the ARA region, in response to the upcoming IMO 2020 regulation.

While continuing to grow its port's business terminal operator PSA International will also broaden its business to other areas of the supply chain with an aim to co-create the Internet of Logistics.

Wilhelmsen, in partnership with Airbus has marked the first shore-to-ship trial deployment of drone technology in real-time port conditions in Singapore, delivery a variety of small, time-critical items to vessels at anchorage.

The port of Singapore has handled lower container volumes in February, according to preliminary estimates released by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

In hopes of raising wider public awareness on the crucial role of modern day shipping, IMO secretary-general Lim Ki-tack steered away from his usual regulation talks for a moment and instead highlighted the importance of maritime heritage for the ultimate goal of securing a sustainable future.

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