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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Singapore Maritime And Port Authority News

Singapore to Provide Financial Assistance to Bunker Suppliers

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a Port Marine Circular

Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Bulk Carriers

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a Shipping Circular

MPA Issues Marine Circular on SOLAS

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a Marine Circular

Singapore – Notification of Animal or Bird Onboard

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a Notice stating that, effective immediately, the owner, master, or agent of a vessel arriving in Singapore must, prior to such arrival, report the presence of any animal or bird on board, whether that animal or bird is intended to be landed or not. The report is to be submitted to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA). Animals and birds may only be landed in Singapore with a permit issued by the AVA. Port Marine Notice No. 21 of 2004 (HK Law).

Singapore Qualifies for Qualship 21

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a Circular stating that Singapore has met the flag state qualifying criteria of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Qualship 21 program. This designation will assist quality ships registered in Singapore with reducing the frequency of examination by the U.S. Coast Guard during future port calls. Shipping Circular No. 10 of 2004 (HK Law).

Lower Port Dues for ISPS-Compliant Ships

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) said that ships in compliance with the ISPS Code prior to July 1, 2004 will receive a 5% rebate on port dues when they call at Singapore between May 1 and June 30. The rebate may be claimed by producing a valid International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC) or a statement of compliance issued by the flag State. Port Marine Notice No. 49 of 2004 (30 April 2004).

Piracy Notice Issued

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a Notice advising mariners navigating the Malacca and Singapore Straits to exercise extra vigilance and to have in place measures on preventing and suppressing acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships. Port Marine Notice No. 43 of 2005 (HK Law)

Singapore – Notice/Confirmation of Arrival

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular revising the reporting procedures for notification of and confirmation of a vessel’s arrival in Singapore. Port Marine Circular No. 20 of 2008 is available at (Source: Holland & Knight)

Singapore Annual Marine Services Survey

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a Port Marine Notice stating that it is conducting its Annual Marine Services Survey. The goal is to receive comments from masters to assist in enhancing services provided to ships in Singapore. Survey forms are being distributed to masters. The survey also maybe completed and submitted electronically at E-Survey.

Singapore –Bunker Insurance

Singapore –Bunker Insurance The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular providing the names of additional insurers and underwriters that it has accepted for purposes of issuing Bunker Convention Certificates. The insurers and underwriters include: ·         QBE Insurance (International) Limited ·         British Marine Luxembourg S.A. ·         Navigators Insurance Company ·         Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. ·         Tokio Marine Insurance Singapore Ltd. ·         China Shipowners Mutual Assurance Association ·         The Korea Shipowner's Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association (

Singapore Adopts Security Legislation

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a Circular advising owners and operators of Singapore ships that Singapore has adopted legislation to give effect to the SOLAS amendments and the ISPS Code. Among other things, the legislation provides that the owner and master of a ship that does not comply with the legislation and regulations may be liable for a fine not exceeding S$10,000 and the ship may be detained. Shipping Circular No. 11 of 2004 (HK Law).

Singapore Port Dues Concession for Container Ships

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a Circular stating that the 20% port dues concession for container ships has been extended through 30 June 2008. The concession does not apply to container ships staying in port for more than 10 days. Port Marine Circular No. 13 of 2006 Source: HK Law

MPA Hosts International Conference

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) is hosting the International Maritime and Port Security Conference on January 21-23, 2003. The keynote speaker will be Admiral Thomas Collins, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard.

Connectivity Crucial to Singapore's Role as Maritime Hub

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To continue growing the maritime cluster and capturing new opportunities, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will strengthen the connectivity and inter-linkages of Singapore’s maritime cluster, build a vibrant innovation ecosystem and develop a future-ready and skilled maritime workforce. MPA will also enhance and top up the Maritime Cluster Fund (MCF)[1] by $100 million in support of our vision for Maritime Singapore to be the Global Maritime Hub for Connectivity, Innovation and Talent.

Singapore Opens Maritime Fire Base

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA)’s new maritime fire base has been officially opened. The base will serve as a mooring facility for two new firefighting craft and as an emergency support center.

Singapore MPA Briefs Community on Security

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) has conducted a Maritime Security Seminar for the local shipping community. Lee Seng Kong MPA Senior Director, advised attendees that maritime security must become as integral as safety.

Revised Safe Manning Document for Singapore Ships

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a Circular noting that the IMO made amendments to the principles of safe manning to incorporate additional requirements under the ISPS Code. All Singapore ships are to reassess the numbers and grades/capabilities of the ship’s complement required for its safe operation, security requirements, protection of the marine environment, and for dealing with emergency situations. MPA will begin replacement of existing safe manning documents (SMDs) commencing on 12 May 2004. Shipping Circular No. 13 of 2004 (HK Law).

Singapore Revokes Two Bunker Licenses

Photo: Vermont UM Bunkering

Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) have revoked two bunker suppliers' license to operate in the world's top bunker port. The two companies have, according to the authority, violated the terms and conditions for bunker activities in the port. Singapore-based Seaquest Tanker and Vermont UM Bunkering have had their licences nullified and will not be allowed to operate as bunker suppliers and bunker craft operators in the port of Singapore, with effect from April 26 and 27, the MPA said.

Collision in Singapore Strait

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a Press Release stating that the bulk carrier SEA LIBERTY and the container vessel ARABIAN EXPRESS collided in the Singapore Strait near Kusu Island. There were no injuries and damage to the vessels was moderate. Personnel are responding to a minor oil spill from the SEA LIBERTY. The MPA is investigating the incident. Source: HK Law

MPA Releases ANL Indonesia

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) have stated that the captain and crew of the ANL INDONESIA have been given permission to leave Singapore, following an undertaking by the employer, P&O Nedlloyd, to return persons needed for any further investigations. Investigation into the vessel's collision with the RSS COURAGEOUS is ongoing.

MPA to Sponsor Conference

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) will be a sponsor of the International Chemical and Oil Pollution Conference & Exhibition to be held in Singapore on March 22-24. The conference will address matters related to preparedness, response, and post-response issues such as liability and compensation. (Source: HK Law)

Register Before Transiting High Risk Area

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a circular advising masters of ships transiting or operating in the High Risk Area for piracy attacks in the West Indian Ocean to register with both the UK Maritime Trade Organization (UKMTO) and the Maritime Security Centre-Horn of Africa (MSCHOA).  It also notes that the Vessel Movement Registration process with the MSCHOA has recently been amended to include an entry boundary to the North of the High Risk Area (23°N).  Shipping Circular 10-2011 (5/9/11).   (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)

Prevention of Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a Port Circular reminding owners, operators, and masters of the dangers of piracy and armed robbery against ships. Reference is made to an IMO Circular issued in 2002 providing guidance on preventing and suppressing such incidents. Ship security plans should take this guidance into account. Port Marine Circular No. 31 of 2003

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