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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‚Äôs busiest transshipment hub.The IntelliTug project, led by technology provider Wärtsilä and marine services firm PSA Marine, is a collaboration with classification society Lloyd‚Äôs Register‚Ķ

12 Mar 2020

Anglo-Eastern Deploys Navigator

Image: DNV GL

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‚Äôs 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.‚ÄúOne of the most time-consuming tasks onboard is preparing port documentation,‚ÄĚ 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

(Photo: Costa Cruises)

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…

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

Photo: Wilhelmsen Ships Service

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 ‚ÄėPSA Polaris‚Äô, 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‚Äôs 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

Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Heng Swee Keat, DPM Heng announced the launch of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore‚Äôs (MPA) ‚ÄėdigitalPORT@SG‚Äô, a digital Portal for One-stop Regulatory Transactions, which is Singapore‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď users can obtain approval for all arriving and departing ships from three public agencies ‚Äď MPA‚Ķ

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 Ara√ļz, 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

Photo: NYK

The ‚ÄúOcean of Opportunities Challenge‚ÄĚ  (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 (‚ÄúSinanju‚ÄĚ) achieved a new milestone today with the launch of the republic‚Äôs inaugural LNG-powered conventional bunker tanker.The 7,990 dwt vessel was christened ‚ÄúMarine Vicky‚ÄĚ 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 (‚ÄúKeppel O&M‚ÄĚ).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…

29 Aug 2019

Singapore Improves Maritime Safety

Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

The number of major incidents in the Port of Singapore has dropped over the last 10 years, with fewer than 0.12 major incidents per 100,000 vessel movements in 2018, down from 0.8 in 2009.Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health, said, “I thank the maritime community for the good work in improving maritime safety. The use of technology and digitization can further enhance maritime safety by providing seafarers better access to critical safety-related information…

29 Aug 2019

Naval Dome CEO Calls out OEMs on Cyber Security

‚ÄúMost companies are operating critical systems that are protected, at best, by only the most basic security solution,‚ÄĚ said Itai Sela, Naval Dome, CEO, at a conference in Singapore.

As the world learns that the UK-flagged Stena Impero ‚Äď seized by Iranian forces in July ‚Äď was 'spoofed' and begins to accept the extent to which vessels unprepared for a cyber event can be affected, Itai Sela, CEO of Naval Dome, said that original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are not doing enough to provide end users with the level of protection required to secure critical systems.‚ÄúThere is no high-level cyber security on operational systems aboard ships, on offshore oil and gas platforms‚Ķ

04 Jul 2019

Singapore Starts Tuas Terminal Phase 2

Installation of the first casisson for Tuas Port Phase 2. Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has announced that reclamation work for Tuas Terminal Phase 2 began ysterday (4 July), with the installation of the first caisson.Singapore’s next-generation trade hub has commenced at a ceremony attended by Dr. Lam Pin Min, Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health.MPA awarded the Tuas Terminal Phase 2 reclamation project to Penta-Ocean Construction Co. Ltd/Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd/Boskalis International BV (PHB) Joint Venture in 2018.

19 Aug 2019

Singapore Intros Maritime Reporting Guide

The first sector-specific Maritime Sustainability Reporting Guide was launched by MPA and its partners to encourage maritime companies to embark on or further invest in sustainability reporting efforts. Photo: MPA

Singapore has launched its first Maritime Sustainability Reporting Guide to support local companies' sustainability development practices.The guide was jointly launched by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore Exchange Limited (SGX), Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS), Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA), and sustainability consultants from Ernst & Young LLP, KPMG and PwC Singapore.According to MPA, the Guide provides a practical framework…

26 Aug 2019

Singapore Hosts Port Management Program

Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

The largest cohort of 27 port masters, harbour masters and middle managers from maritime and port authorities from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and Oceania attended the sixth Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) Academy’s Port Management Program (PMP).Developed and organized by MPA Academy, the five-day Program will be delivered by industry practitioners as well as senior officers from the MPA. Some of the key subjects that will be covered during the Program include maritime safety…

09 Jul 2019

Asian Ports to Use Handheld XRF Analyzer

Pic: Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science

Port authorities in Asia are getting ready to enforce IMO 2020 with the help of Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science’s X-MET8000 handheld XRF analyzer.The Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation informed that it has recently delivered X-MET8000’s to both the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) as they get ready to enforce the IMO’s (International Maritime Organization) MARPOL Annex VI regulation that will come into force on 1 January 2020.The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore…

31 Jul 2019

SSA Forms Digital Transformation Committee

Photo: Singapore Shipping Association

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA)‚ÄĒthe industry voice of Singapore‚Äôs maritime community‚ÄĒtoday organized its inaugural Tech and Demo Day, during which it announced the formation of a new Digital Transformation Committee.The association said that the Tech and Demo Day aims to help shipping companies‚ÄĒincluding the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME)‚ÄĒcatalyze their adoption of technological innovations by bridging the industry with technology start-ups.The initiative is‚Ķ

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