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Port Authorities Roundtable (PAR)

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Objectives of PAR

The inaugural Port Authorities Roundtable (PAR) was held in Singapore on 20 April 2015, in conjunction with the 10th Singapore Maritime Week (SMW). PAR is a by-invitation event for CEO/Chairman/President/DG of leading port authorities to:

  • gather and discuss issues of mutual interests to address common challenges;
  • exchange best practices; and
  • seek mutually beneficial collaboration opportunities

Participation criteria for PAR

PAR is a by-invitation event for CEO/Chairman/President/DG of leading port authorities. Interested port authorities may wish to get in touch with Ms G Deepa at; or Ms Yu Jierong at for more details.


Participants for PAR2015@Singapore

Participating port authorities for PAR2015@Singapore include:

- Singapore, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

- Australia, Port Authority of New South Wales

- Belgium, Antwerp Port Authority

- China, Ningbo Municipal Port Administration Bureau

- Japan, Bureau of Port and Harbor, Tokyo Metropolitan Government

- Korea, Busan Port Authority

- Malaysia, Port Klang Authority

- Netherlands, Port of Rotterdam Authority

- Thailand, Port Authority of Thailand

- The Philippines, Philippine Ports Authority

Theme/ Programme of PAR 2015@Singapore

The theme for the inaugural PAR was: “Future Ready Ports- Challenges and Opportunities ahead”. Participants were invited to prepare a short presentation related to the main theme before they engaged and exchanged views with one another in an open discussion. Beyond these discussions, delegates also had plenty of opportunities to network with AMLP participants and industry players including shipping lines and port operators.

For more details on PAR2015@Singapore, please refer to PAR programme booklet.

PAR2015 delegation



Synopses and topics discussed at PAR2015@Singapore

Topic 1: Port Development – Challenges and Opportunities for Port Authorities

As the needs of shipping lines and the wider maritime industry continue to evolve, port authorities are faced with new challenges and opportunities and must be equipped with the ability to identify and provide innovative solutions to stay ahead of the curve. For example, the trend towards mega ships and alliances has the potential to significantly impact the way ports operate and function. In this regard, the inaugural Port Authorities Roundtable provides a platform for port authorities to deliberate on these issues by exploring and sharing ideas on the future direction of the maritime industry and to move forward to become a future ready port. The key takeaways of the session include awareness of future trends, sharing of port developments, opportunities that could be leveraged on, challenges/ problems faced by port authorities, and ways to overcome these challenges.

Topic 2: Port safety, efficiency and sustainability

The increasing complexity of port operations has compelled port authorities to be ever more vigilant in their core duties of maintaining safety and security of their waterways. Simultaneously, port authorities have to deal with other pressing issues such as environmental and sustainability concerns amidst tight resource constraints. This often entails promoting more efficient operations by implementing innovative solutions. These are common issues that all port authorities face but each could have their own innovative ways and means of overcoming these challenges. This session hopes to provide a platform to share best practices that enhance port safety, efficiency and sustainability, as well as open up opportunities to explore possible areas for collaboration and cooperation between port authorities that would enhance their capabilities in these areas .

Topic 3: Future ready infrastructure and technology in ports

Now more than ever, port infrastructure has to be future ready to cater to the evolving needs of its port users. Beyond that, the future of the maritime sector also lies in the ability to retain its competitive edge by staying on top of the technological advances in the industry. Automation technology will constantly evolve and eventually become an integral part of the future port. Similarly, trends towards green and sustainable shipping will continue to grow. The session aims to examine the future infrastructure needs of the port users, green port/shipping and sustainability issues, how port productivity could be maximized, as well as to provide insights on some of the exciting new technologies in automation that will shape the future of the maritime sector, and the challenges in adopting these technologies.  

MOU Cooperation between MPA and PoR at PAR2015@Singapore

MPA and Port of Rotterdam Authority had also signed a MOU to co-operate in information exchange and research and development. The information exchange include areas of standards, procedures and regulatory frameworks of bunkering and other marine services, including the use of information technology to facilitate services to vessels, while R&D efforts include areas of LNG bunkering, green shipping and port optimisation.

MPA-PoR MOU signing  


The 2nd PAR would be held at Rotterdam from 22-24 June 2016. Topics that will be covered in PAR2016 include Safety, Security, Efficiency and Sustainability.

Participating port authorities for PAR2016@Rotterdam, as of 15 June 2016, include:

- Netherlands, Port of Rotterdam Authority

- Belgium, Port of Antwerp

- China, Ningbo Municipal Port Administration Bureau

- China, Port of Guangzhou

- Germany, Hamburg Port Authority

- Japan, Bureau of Port and Harbor, Tokyo Metropolitan Government

- Korea, Busan Port Authority

- Malaysia, Port Klang Authority

- Singapore, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

- United States, Port of Long Beach

- United States, Port of Los Angeles