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Singapore won the Best Seaport in Asia award for the 23rd time at the 25th Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA) with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) receiving the prize on behalf of local shipping community, according to the Shipping Gazette.

Among the 12 other nominees from Hong Kong, Shanghai Yangshan, Busan, Klang, Kaohsiung, Laem Chabang, Tanjung Pelepas, Manila, Ningbo, Shenzhen, Tianjin and Dalian, the Port of Singapore gained the highest number of votes from terminal operators, freight forwarders, shipping lines and shippers from across Asia.

Singapore was recognised for its cost competitiveness, container shipping-friendly fee regime, provision of suitable container shipping-related infrastructure, timely and adequate investment in new infrastructure to meet future demand and the facilitation of ancillary services, including logistics and freight forwarding facilities.

“Winning the Best Seaport in Asia award for the 23rd time clearly affirms the confidence the maritime community has in Singapore amidst growing competition in Asia. We will continue to work in close partnerships with the industry and stakeholders to develop Singapore as the port of choice in Asia, a premier global hub port and an international maritime centre,” says MPA chief executive Lam Yi Young. — Source: Shipping Gazette

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