China and Singapore jointly promoting use of e-certificates

China and Singapore have signed a Memorandum of Understand (MoU) to promote the bilateral use and recognition of e-certificates.

Under the MoU the maritime authorities in China and Singapore will cooperate on the issuance, use and acceptance of e-certificates to facilitate port clearance and Port State control inspections.

The MoU was signed by Cao Desheng, director general of the China Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) and Quah Ley Hoon, chief executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Thursday in Beijing.

The MPA said that using e-certificates would improve the efficiency of port clearance, allow for effective enforcement by maritime authorities, and reduce the paperwork burden for shipping companies and vessels.

Posted 6 September 2019

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Editor, Seatrade Maritime News Marcus Hand is the editor of Seatrade Maritime News and a dedicated maritime journalist with nearly two decades of experience covering the shipping industry in Asia. In addition to running Seatrade's maritime and offshore news website based from Singapore he is the Asia Editor of Seatrade Maritime Review. Marcus is also an experienced industry commentator and has chaired many conferences and round tables. Prior to joining Seatrade at the beginning of 2010 Marcus worked for shipping industry journal Lloyd's List for a decade and previous to that the Singapore Business Times covering shipping and aviation.

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