PSA Marine is joining the global movement towards sustainable shipping by reducing their carbon footprint with the use of a digital solution – Vessel Pilot Communication (“VPC”), launched on August 25, 2020.
PSA Marine says that 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. Timely updates allow the vessel masters to adjust their vessels’ speed and time their arrival to Singapore, thereby achieving fuel optimization and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Mr. 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 environmental sustainability.”
Mr. Dannis Lee, Managing Director of Yang Ming (Singapore) Pte Ltd, said: “With VPC, there is significant improvement in the way we monitor our fleet. Our ship masters 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 estimated time of arrival at the Port of Singapore. Hence, this enables our vessels to achieve a more efficient fuel consumption and allows us to contribute towards decarbonisation.”
Mr. Takashi Kase, Senior Vice President of Global Vessel Operations of Ocean Network Express (“ONE”) Pte Ltd, said: “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.”
Mr. Nicolas Romero, VP Group Operations of CMA CGM SA, said: “While CMA CGM does not experience much waiting time in the efficient Singapore port with various initiatives already in place (Smart Speed approach / scheduled API sharing between PSA Terminals and CMA CGM), the VPC digital solution will reinforce the safety and efficiency of the workflow between pilots, CMA CGM vessels and local CMA CGM Operations.”