Mixed performance of Port of Singapore
Advance estimates show that vessel arrival tonnage grew 5.6 percent, while Singapore remained the world's top bunkering port with a 6.5 percent increase in volume of bunkers sold.
Container throughput and cargo throughput, however, contracted by 8.7 and 1.1 percent respectively. This was largely caused by the overall slump in Asia-Europe volumes, compounded by developments such as the rebalancing of volumes across alliances agreements, and an increase in direct sailings due to lower bunker prices.
To help the container lines cope with the challenging economic environment, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and PSA Corporation Limited (PSA) have proactively worked on a suite of help measures.
From January 15, 2016, MPA will be granting an additional 10 percent concession on port dues for container vessels calling at the Port of Singapore, if they are carrying out cargo works with a port stay of not more than five days.
The additional concession will be in place for one year, and will be granted on top of existing port dues concessions such as the Green Port Programme incentives and the 20 percent concession first introduced in 1996. In all, these concessions are expected to amount to more than S$17 million in annual savings for container lines.
PSA will also put in more resources to help their customers through this period. PSA is working with their customers to enhance vessel productivity at the port and optimise network planning activities such as service deployments and phasing in and out of vessels, with the aim of lowering their operational costs.
PSA is also actively engaging container lines which wish to establish a long-term strategic presence in the Port of Singapore. ■