Maritime And Port Authority News

22 Apr 2020

Autonomy on Trial

(Image: Wartsila)

When discussing the arrival of autonomous workboats, many – especially those developing the technologies that enable them – say it’s is not a matter of if, but when. In fact, autonomous harbor tugs are already being put to the test in Singapore, where authorities hope to establish the technological infrastructure to enable fully autonomous ship operations. In the U.S., an autonomous vessel was shown to be able to respond to marine oil spills.But is autonomy really the future?

21 Apr 2020

Singapore Adds Minerva Bunkering and TFG Marine to List of Bunker Suppliers

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), home the world's top marine refueling hub, said it has awarded two new bunker supplier licenses to Mercuria's Minerva Bunkering and Trafigura's TFG Marine."MPA and ESG welcome the entry of Minerva Bunkering and TFG Marine, which will consolidate Singapore's position as the global bunkering and oil trading hub," the MPA said in a joint statement with Enterprise Singapore (ESG).The licences are the first to be issued by the port regulator since 2017, bringing the total number of licensed bunker suppliers to 45 in Singapore, and come after the M

20 Apr 2020

MPA Awards Two Bunker Licenses

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has awarded two new bunker supplier licences to Minerva Bunkering and TFG Marine, following its call for applications for new licences in December 2019.Bunkering services in the Port of Singapore and oil trading remain resilient despite the global COVID-19 pandemic. Bunker sales in Singapore grew 5.4%, from 12.07 million tonnes in the first quarter of 2019 to 12.72 million tonnes in the first quarter of 2020.MPA and Enterprise Singapore (ESG) welcome the entry of Minerva Bunkering and TFG Marine, which will consolidate Singapore’s position as the global bunkering and oil trading hub.These…

13 Apr 2020

Singapore Readies 'Floating Hotels' for Workers as Coronavirus Spreads

File Photo - Bibby Progress floating hotel - Image Credit: Bibby Maritime

Singapore is preparing to house hundreds of foreign workers in accommodation vessels typically used for offshore and marine industry staff as it races to find alternatives to dormitories where the novel coronavirus has been spreading rapidly.Tens of thousands of migrant workers, many from South Asia, live in cramped dormitories across Singapore, which have become the biggest source of coronavirus infections in recent days.Authorities are moving some of the healthy residents of those facilities to other sites including military camps…

26 Mar 2020

Singapore Passenger Vessel Sector to Receive Economic Aid

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Economic relief is on its way for Singapore's passenger vessel owners and operators, as well as passenger terminal operators, who have seen a drop in passenger volumes due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Heng Swee Keat, announced Thursday, as part of the Resilience Budget.The 50% port dues concession to passenger vessels from March 1 to August 31, announced by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore's (MPA) in February, will extend for another four months until December 31, 2020.

13 Mar 2020

Autonomous Harbor Tug Tested in Singapore

A PSA Marine Tug Master and Thomas monitoring how the smart navigation system maneuvers the harbor tug during sea trials. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

A 27-meter harbor tug equipped with autonomous navigation capabilities has been put through its paces at the Port of Singapore, demonstrating functions such as smart navigation and collision avoidance which are key to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore's (MPA) goal to enable autonomous ship operations within the world’s busiest transshipment hub.The IntelliTug project, led by technology provider Wärtsilä and marine services firm PSA Marine, is a collaboration with classification society Lloyd’s Register…

12 Mar 2020

Anglo-Eastern Deploys Navigator

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Hong Kong-based ship management company Anglo-Eastern Group has completed the successful roll-out of Navigator Port to its fleet of more than 600 vessels.DNV GL’s port clearance software is used daily onboard several thousand ships worldwide for management of port documentation, assisting seafarers in navigating the administrative and regulatory complexity of port clearance and passage through controlled waters.“One of the most time-consuming tasks onboard is preparing port documentation,” says Captain Pradeep Chawla, Managing Director, QHSE and Training at Anglo-Eastern.

09 Mar 2020

Cruise Ship Turned Away by Malaysia, Thailand to Dock in Singapore

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Singapore will allow cruise ship Costa Fortuna to dock in the city-state on Tuesday, authorities said, after it was turned away from ports in Malaysia and Thailand over coronavirus fears.Costa Fortuna departed from Singapore, where it is home-ported, on March 3.Italian cruise line Costa Crociere said there were no suspected virus cases among its guests, which includes Italians. Italy has the largest number of cases of the virus outside China with 7,375 infections.The operator…

26 Feb 2020

Singapore Gives 50% Port Dues Concession

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Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) will be giving a 50% port dues concession to passenger ships, to provide relief to ship owners and operators who have seen a drop in passenger volumes because of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) outbreak.All cruise vessels and regional ferries with a port stay of not more than five days, and passenger-carrying harbour craft will qualify for the new concession.According to MPA, it is expected to benefit more than 600 cruise vessels…

24 Jan 2020

Coronavirus Places Shipping on High Alert

Ports in Singapore have started screening inbound travelers on passenger and commercial vessels for coronavirus symptoms (© hit1912 / Adobe Stock)

The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak has placed the shipping industry on high alert amid a rising death toll in China and reports that the fast-spreading illness is reaching new shores.The flu-like coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China on December 31, has killed more than two dozen people in China and is believed to have infected more than 900 worldwide, according to several media reports. Cases have been confirmed in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong, and internationally in travelers returning from China to Japan…

17 Jan 2020

Low-sulphur Fuel Sales Surge

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The final quarter of 2019 marked a massive decline of high-sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) sales, as the industry transitioned into compliance of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) 2020 Sulphur Cap (IMO 2020). In Singapore, the world’s largest bunkering hub, the bunker sale landscape saw significant change as the sale of high-sulphur fuel oil dropped tremendously in a matter of months. In contrast, the sale of low-sulphur fuels skyrocketed in the final quarter.The first wave…

02 Dec 2019

Wilhelmsen Launches 3D Printed Spares EAP

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Wilhelmsen has launched an early adopter program for 3D printed marine spare parts. A strategic move by the six early adopters, Carnival Maritime, Thome Ship Management, OSM Maritime Group, Berge Bulk, Executive Ship Management and Wilhelmsen Ship Management have all signed up with Wilhelmsen’s Marine Products division to begin utilizing on-demand additive manufacturing.Wilhelmsen, in cooperation with Ivaldi Group, will provide spare parts on demand to the selected six customers’ vessels around the globe.

10 Nov 2019

Singapore Extends MSGI Scheme Till 2024

MPA CE@ Ms Quah Ley Hoon. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

The Maritime Singapore Green Initiative (MSGI), which was due to expire at the end of the year, will also be extended by five years, said Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) chief executive Quah Ley Hoon."As a key maritime nation, Singapore is committed to promoting environmental sustainability of the industry. MPA has reviewed its MSGI to keep it relevant, with a new focus on decarbonisation," she said.Under the enhanced MSGI, new carbon emissions-related incentives…

11 Nov 2019

Wes Amelie Retrofit for Synthetic Natural Gas

Photo: Wärtsilä

The technology group Wärtsilä, in collaboration with PSA Marine, has achieved a breakthrough in its IntelliTug project.Following the successful installation of a first-of-its-kind Dynamic Positioning (DP) system onboard the harbor tug ‘PSA Polaris’, trials are now being carried out in the Port of Singapore under real-world conditions. This phase of the project implementation, which has been approved by Lloyd’s Register, moves the bar higher on safety standards for vessel automation and autonomy.

07 Nov 2019

Fire On Board Oil Tanker Off Singapore

A fire broke out onboard the Panama-flagged tanker 'HOYU' within Singapore waters, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said in a statement on Thursday.Shipping data in Eikon showed that the tanker was fully laden with an unspecified oil cargo and was bound for the Philippines.The Singapore Civil Defense Force, Singapore Police Coast Guard and the Republic of Singapore Navy deployed vessels to render assistance to the HOYU crew, the statement added.All 18 crew members have been safely evacuated, and the fire has been put out, it said.There were no reports of injury or pollution and shipping traffic was unaffected.MPA is investigating the incident, it said.

31 Oct 2019

Singapore Launches digitalPORT@SG

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Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Heng Swee Keat, DPM Heng announced the launch of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s (MPA) ‘digitalPORT@SG’, a digital Portal for One-stop Regulatory Transactions, which is Singapore’s maritime single window system that will serve as a one-stop portal for maritime regulatory and port services transactions.It will be developed in two phases: Phase 1 – users can obtain approval for all arriving and departing ships from three public agencies – MPA…

15 Oct 2019

MPA Revokes Bunker Craft Licence of Inter-Pacific Petroleum

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The Maritime And Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore has stripped marine fuel services provider Inter-Pacific Petroleum (IPP) of its bunker craft operator licence in the port of Singapore, effective immediately.Inter-Pacific will not be allowed to operate tankers used to load marine fuel, known as bunker fuel, onto ships in the Port of Singapore, MPA says in a statement.As part of MPA’s ongoing efforts to ensure the integrity of bunkering in Singapore, checks were conducted on Inter…

23 Sep 2019

Singapore, Panama Boost Maritime Partnership

Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mr Noriel Araúz, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) to strengthen maritime relations between both countries. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Singapore and Panama have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their maritime relations.Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Senior Minister of State for Health of the Republic of Singapore led the first high-level delegation from Singapore to Panama under the new government of Panama.Dr Lam met with several ministers of the government of Panama, as well as leaders of the business community. He was accompanied by Mrs Mary Seet-Cheng, Non-Resident Ambassador of Singapore to Panama…

05 Sep 2019

China, Singapore Pact on Electronic Certificates in Shipping

(L-R) Ms Quah Ley Hoon and Dr Cao Desheng. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

China Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote bilateral use and recognition of electronic certificates in shipping.Dr Cao Desheng, Director General of MSA signed the MOU on Electronic Certificates with Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA at the 11th China-Singapore Senior Officials’ Committee Meeting (SOCM) in Beijing, China.International shipping plays an important role in global trade and economic development…

05 Sep 2019

Keppel On Track to Deliver Dual-Fuel Bunker Tanker

Built by Keppel O&M, Singapore’s first dual-fuel bunker tanker will deliver marine fuels to ocean-going vessels within Singapore port limits. (Photo: Keppel Offshore & Marine)

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Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) has said the company is on track to deliver the first dual-fuel bunker tanker for Singapore on time and with a perfect safety record.The Marine Vicky, named by Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), is owned and operated by Sinanju Tankers Holdings Pte Ltd (Sinanju), and will deliver marine fuels to ocean-going vessels within Singapore port limits. Quah Ley Hoon commented: “This is Singapore’s…

04 Sep 2019

NYK Celebrates O3 Challenge

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The “Ocean of Opportunities Challenge”  (O3 Challenge), a worldwide contest aimed at creating new value through open innovation in the maritime industry, has been successfully celebrated by NYK Group.This was the second consecutive year for the challenge, which is planned and conducted by NYK Group companies Symphony Creative Solutions Pte. Ltd. (SCS) and Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd. (ONE), together with NUS Enterprise.The contest began in February with ONE issuing six challenges related to its work processes.

03 Sep 2019

Singapore’s first LNG-Powered Bunker Tanker Christened

The Marine Vicky (CREDIT: Sinanju Tankers Holdings Pte Ltd)

The Vessel is on track to commence deliveries of compliant marine fuels from Q1 2020.Singapore-based bunker tanker owner and operator Sinanju Tankers Holdings (“Sinanju”) achieved a new milestone today with the launch of the republic’s inaugural LNG-powered conventional bunker tanker.The 7,990 dwt vessel was christened “Marine Vicky” by her Lady Sponsor, Ms. Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) at a launch ceremony held in Nantong, China at Keppel Nantong Shipyard, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine (“Keppel O&M”).Ms.

31 Aug 2019

Singapore: Drill on Ferry Safety

Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) held a ferry emergency exercise (FEREX) at the Regional Ferry Terminal (RFT) at Harbourfront. The FEREX tests the readiness of around 250 personnel from 10 government agencies, three ferry operators and Singapore Cruise Centre Pte Ltd in response to ferry mishaps. A total of 13 vessels and an RSAF helicopter were deployed for the exercise.Khaw Boon Wan, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, was also present to observe the exercise.The exercise simulated the evacuation of 150 passengers on board a regional ferry…

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