PSA Marine has launched a digital solution, Vessel Pilot Communication (VPC), in support of the global movement towards sustainable shipping by reducing carbon footprint.
VPC ensures that critical and timely updates on pilot boarding times and traffic conditions in and around the pilot boarding grounds are communicated to vessel masters.
This allows the vessel masters to adjust their vessels’ speed and time their arrival to Singapore, resulting in fuel optimisation and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Jimmy Koh, head of digital transformation and chief pilot of PSA Marine, said: “We are delighted to garner support from the major shipping lines in our digitalisation and decarbonisation journey.
“During the pilot trial, the participating shipping lines have provided valuable feedback on the VPC digital solution. With its launch, all vessels calling at the Port of Singapore can benefit from information that can help them play their part in sustainability.”
PSA Marine, as a pilotage services provider in Singapore, supports the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s call for decarbonisation efforts and looks to partner with like-minded maritime stakeholders in contributing towards a sustainable environment.
Dannis Lee, managing director of Yang Ming (Singapore), said: “With VPC, there is significant improvement in the way we monitor our fleet. Our shipmasters will be notified of any changes to the pilot boarding time by the VPC.
“In addition, with information of the traffic conditions available on the VPC, they can adjust the vessels’ speed to derive a more accurate time of arrival at the Port of Singapore.”
Takashi Kase, senior vice president of global vessel operations at ONE, also commented: “ONE expects the new procedure of ship-shore communication will contribute more optimised traffic and pilotage at one of the world’s busiest channels, and further improve operational efficiency.”
The VPC is a module of PSA Marine’s ONEHANDSHAKE digital platform which is designed to share information on port activities with a network of maritime stakeholders.
PSA Marine has committed to play its part for the environment and aims to continue to work alongside all maritime stakeholders to offer innovative and sustainable digital solutions which will benefit all parties.