Facts and Trivia

  • At any one time, there are about 1,000 vessels in the Singapore port.
  • Every 2-3 minutes, a ship arrives or leaves Singapore.
  • 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.
  • Singapore is well-connected to 600 ports in over 120 countries.
  • Although Singapore does not produce any oil, it is the top bunkering (ship refuelling) ports in the world.
  • The Singapore Registry of Ships (SRS) is amongst the top 5 largest ship registries in the world. Today, the SRS has over 4,500 vessels registered with it.
  • Singapore has been a council member of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) since 1993.
  • In today's interconnected world of commerce, more than 90% of the world's trade is carried by sea.
  • Seaborne trade remains the most energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly mode of transporting cargo. Without it, half the world would starve and the other half would freeze.
  • Annually, more than 130,000 ships call at Singapore.
  • Seaborne trade has been an important lifeline for Singapore from the time of its founding in 1819.
  • Today, there are more than 5,000 maritime establishments contributing about 7% to Singapore's gross domestic product, and employing about 170,000 personnel.
  • The driving force behind building Singapore into a premier Global Hub Port and thriving International Maritime Centre is MPA