Singapore transport minister calls for greater global maritime collaboration

Singapore transport minister calls for greater global maritime collaboration

Singapore: With international trade set to grow dramatically in the coming generation on the back of rising middle classes around the world Singapore’s transport minister has called for greater collaboration among shipping authorities around the world to boost infrastructure and fix shipping’s problems, including its environmental footprint.

Speaking at the opening of the Sea Asia exhibition in Singapore, Lui Tuck Yew said: “The international maritime community needs to come together and co-create solution that transcend geographical and organisational boundaries.”

Lui said two thirds of the world’s middle classes would be Asian by 2030 necessitating a rapid build up of maritime infrastructure, something Singapore has embarked on with a new megaport under construction in Tuas.

“We need to ensure we have sufficient capacity to meet the growth in shipping demand, and support the proliferation of megavessels,” the minister said.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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