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Port of Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was established on 2 February 1996, with the mission to develop Singapore as a premier global hub port and international maritime center (IMC), and to advance and safeguard Singapore's strategic maritime interests. MPA is the driving force behind Singapore's port and maritime development, taking on the roles of Port Authority, Port Regulator, Port Planner, IMC Champion, and National Maritime Representative. MPA partners the industry and other agencies to enhance safety, security and environmental protection in our port waters, facilitate port operations and growth, expand the cluster of maritime ancillary services, and promote maritime R&D and manpower development.

The port of Singapore comprises a number of facilities and terminals that handle a wide range of cargo transported in different forms, including containers as well as conventional and bulk cargo. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is responsible for the overall development and growth of the port of Singapore to develop and promote Singapore.

Port of Singapore Facts:

  • Singapore is currently the second largest port in the world in terms of TEU capacity, the largest transshipment hub, and the world leader in bunkering.

  • In 2015, more than 45 million tonnes of bunkers were lifted in Singapore. This is enough to fill over 17,000 Olympic-sized pools.

  • Singapore is well-connected to 600 ports in over 120 countries.

  • At any one time, there are about 1,000 vessels in the Singapore port.

  • Vessels passing through the Singapore Strait are monitored by the Maritime and Port Authority's (MPA) Port Operations Control Centre, using the Vessel Traffic Information System (VTIS), which has the capability of handling up to 10,000 tracks at any one time.

  • Annually, more than 130,000 ships call at Singapore.

  • Today, there are more than 5,000 maritime establishments contributing about 7% to Singapore's gross domestic product, and employing more than 170,000 personnel.

To learn more about the Port of Singapore visit www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/