Maritime Singapore on the Global Stage

A leading Maritime Nation

Through the years, Maritime Singapore has continued to play a key role on the global stage as a leading Maritime Nation. As a major port state, flag state and coastal state of a key waterway, Maritime Singapore is able to appreciate the varied interests in international shipping and bring a balanced perspective to global maritime issues at international fora.

Singapore has served on the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for 12 consecutive 2-year terms. Maritime Singapore has made significant contributions towards advancing the efforts of the international maritime community to promote safe, secure, efficient and sustainable shipping.

Together with Indonesia and Malaysia, Maritime Singapore also works closely with the IMO to develop and launch the Co-operative Mechanism on Safety of Navigation and Environmental Protection in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, a collaborative platform that aims to advance international cooperation to keep the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, one of the most important waterways in the world, safe and open for international shipping.

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Gateway to Asia

A Maritime Gateway to key Asian Markets


Located at the cross-roads of the East-West trade and within the seven-hour flight radius to the emerging Asian market, Singapore’s strategic location in the heart of Asia enables businesses to access the region’s rapidly expanding markets.

Singapore’s extensive connectivity to regional and global markets further cements its position as the connecting hub that connects Asia to the world, and the world to Asia.

Singapore offers unparalleled connectivity to passengers and cargoes and is a particularly efficient location to access the Asian economies. It is one of the world’s top transportation hubs for sea and air cargo. Singapore’s container ports are the busiest in the world and Changi International Airport is linked to 300 cities in 70 countries, with more than 6,500 weekly flights.

As one of the major historical trading hubs in Asia, Singapore has strong business, cultural and linguistic links to many Asian markets. Singapore’s cultural and linguistic connections across Asia, highly qualified workforce, and openness to top global talent makes Singapore the preferred location to support the global business community in their expansion in Asia.

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Premier Global Hub Port

A Premier Global Hub Port


Sitting at the centre of a web of trade routes and connected to 600 ports in over 120 countries, Singapore offers shipping companies seamless global trade connectivity.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) works closely with both port operators and shipping companies to regulate and develop the port into a global hub, offering a one-stop-shop for the global maritime community.

Singapore is the busiest port in the world in terms of shipping tonnage, with more than 130,000 vessel calls annually. At the Pasir Panjang container terminal, super post-Panamax quay cranes have been deployed to service some of the world’s biggest vessels, such as the Emma Maersk. This series of dynamic quay cranes are the first of their kind in the region.

Besides offering reliable and efficient cargo handling, Singapore is also one of the top bunkering ports in the world, lifting more than 40 million tonnes of bunkers annually. A wide range of essential marine services are also available, including pilotage, towage, fresh water supply, crew changes, ship supplies and slop disposal.

More than just a container transhipment hub, Singapore is also the world’s third-largest petrochemical refiner and operates the most technically advanced and efficient shipbuilding and ship-repair facilities in Southeast Asia. Currently, it holds about 70% of the world’s jack-up rig-building market and over 65% of the global floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) conversion market.

Singapore is one of the world’s premier hub ports, offering a breadth and depth of maritime services that few can match.

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Leading International Maritime Centre

A Global Maritime Hub

Singapore’s dynamic and pro-business environment, including a transparent and well-respected legal system, political and economic stability, highly skilled and culturally adaptive talent pool, and an exceptional quality of life.

Singapore’s maritime ecosystem comprises over 5,000 establishments employing more than 170,000 people, and contributing about seven per cent to the Republic’s gross domestic product.

Home to more than 140 of the world’s top shipping groups, a rich diversity of maritime products and services can be found in Singapore. It is the ideal Asian gateway for global leaders in shipping finance, shipbroking, risk management and marine insurance.

Singapore is also fast becoming Asia’s hub for maritime law and arbitration and is one of the top global players in the offshore and marine engineering industry.

It is also the choice venue for the headquarters and representative offices of international maritime organisations and associations such as the Baltic Exchange, Asian Shipowner’s Forum, International Bunker Industry Association, International Association of Independent Tanker Owners and Baltic and International Maritime Council.

As a key gateway to business activities in Asia, Singapore presents opportunities for business transactions and networking with an established ecosystem of traders, shipping companies and maritime service providers.

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Strategic Centre for Maritime Business

A Competitive Business Location

Businesses use Singapore as a hub to invest into the region, and manage their regional operations, production and/or distribution networks out of Singapore

Singapore’s status as a global business magnet is underpinned by several factors, including political stability, strategic location, favourable business environment, a highly-trained workforce.

Singapore is a natural gateway to expanding Asian markets and offers one of the most robust, vibrant and advanced business ecosystems in the world.

Singapore has built key capabilities and areas of expertise which makes it a globally competitive and attractive business location. Attributes such as our strong connectivity, robust business and intellectual property infrastructure, and world-class science and technology capabilities, make Singapore a natural location for businesses.

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