IMO calls for Maritime Single Window port pilot project
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has issued a call for expressions of interest from countries with a medium-sized port to take part in a pilot project to establish an efficient digitalised system for electronic exchange of information in ports for ship clearance. The pilot will be supported by IMO member state Singapore via in-kind contributions by the IMO via its Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme. Under the pilot project, the selected country will be advised on the necessary legal, policy and institutional requirements for the Maritime Single Window (MSW) system. The port will then be provided with functional MSW software, hardware and/or IT services, configured to the country’s needs. Training will also be provided. As per the recent IMO announcement, Singapore will bring in its experience to cater to the technical requirements for medium-size ports and for ports that would like to incorporate port to port communication protocols in such a system. IMO has invited Member States with an identified medium-sized port to submit their expressions of interest by 30 April. The implementation of specific activities of the pilot project is expected to commence by 15 June this year.