Singapore digest news (16.05-20.05)

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Singapore bunker sales volume at the port of Singapore decreased by 12% on year in January-April 2022
In January-April 2022, bunker sales at the port of Singapore (the largest bunkering hub in Southeast Asia) fell by 12% compared to the same period of the previous year- 15 million tons.
According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore figures, sales of LSFO 380 fell by 16.3% to 7.3 million tons; MFO 380 decreased by 8.8% to 3.7 million tons; LSFO 100 rose by 5.3% to 2 million tons; LSMGO fell by 8.5% to 1.2 million tons; LSFO 180 declined 1.9 times to 399 thousand tons; MGO fell 3.3 times to 42 thousand tons.

International air travel may return to pre-pandemic levels by 2023
International air travel is likely to return to pre-pandemic levels or even exceed pre-pandemic figures by 2023, despite China's continued Covid-19 restrictions. William Walsh, director general of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), made this prediction ahead of the Aviation Summit opening on Tuesday in Singapore.
The head of the IATA noted: “Singapore is leading the region in terms of recovery of this sector from border closures". He also pointed out that Hong Kong was fourth and Singapore seventh in terms of international passenger traffic in 2019. “However now Singapore has more than four times the number of flights in comparison to Hong Kong”, - said Mr. Walsh.

A new biocement was created in Singapore
Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) have found a way to create biocement (biological concrete) from animal urea and carbide sludge.
The new biocement is ecologically clean and more sustainable than analogue. It has a great potential to be utilized for chinking of rocks and strengthening the soil to reduce dust and wind erosion in the desert. Bioconcrete is suited for building freshwater reservoirs.

Singapore Food Empire's profits up 34.4% in Q1 2022
The profit of Singapore’s Food Empire (a major brand - MacCoffee) grew by 34.4% in the first quarter of 2022. The company's main market is Russia (where it has its own production facility in Dmitrov town).

Metropolitan Sergius of Singapore visited the newly formed Orthodox community in Malaysia
On May 17, 2022, during an arch pastoral trip to the Singapore Diocese the Patriarchal Exarch of the Southeast Asia, Metropolitan Sergius of Singapore and Southeast Asia, visited the newly formed Orthodox community in honor of St. Andrew the "First-called" Apostle in Lukut, a suburb of Port Dickson, Malaysia.
Later that evening, Metropolitan Sergius met with Dr Hermen Shastri, a member of the Council of Churches of Malaysia, at the Parish of St. Michael the Archangel in Kuala Lumpur. The main topic of their conversation was cooperation, in particular the exchange of students with a theological education.