Delegates from Angola and a representative of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have trialled the maritime single window (MSW) platform developed by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore for the Port of Lobito, Angola.
The opportunity came at a business process study workshop in Singapore last month as part of the Single Window for Facilitation of Trade (SWiFT) Project.
The project was launched by the IMO and Singapore last year to help medium-sized ports meet the requirements of the International Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention) and facilitate interconnectivity between ports worldwide.
The maritime single window facilitates the seamless electronic submission of information required for ships calling in the Port of Lobito via a single digital portal. From January 1, 2024, it will be mandatory for ports around the world to operate MSWs.
The formal handover of the MSW platform and completion of the SWiFT pilot Project is expected to take place by October.