IMO 2020 regulation stipulates that the sulphur content of any fuel oil used onboard ships shall not exceed 0.50% m/m on and after 1st January 2020, unless there are scrubbers installed.

In addition, amendments to Regulation 14.1 of MARPOL Annex VI to prohibit the carriage of fuel oil with sulphur content exceeding 0.50% m/m for use onboard ships will come into force on 1st March 2020. This carriage prohibition does not apply to the carriage of fuel oil as cargo.

The revised PAN will require ships calling the Port of Singapore to declare their method of compliance with regard to Regulation 14.1 of MARPOL Annex VI, i.e., whether the ship will be using compliant fuel (sulphur content not exceeding 0.50% m/m) or scrubber.

Ships using non-compliant fuel (sulphur content exceeding 0.50% m/m) are also required to declare and provide reasons for non-complaint fuel.

Ships entering the Port of Singapore with non-compliant fuel due to the unavailability of compliant fuel from the previous port are required to complete and submit a copy of the Fuel Oil Non Availability Report (FONAR) to and

Shipowners, agents and masters are reminded that the discharge of wash water from scrubbers operating in open-loop mode is prohibited within the Singapore port limit from 1 January 2020.

For ships operating within an emission control area, the sulphur content of fuel oil used onboard ships shall not exceed 0.10% m/m since 1 January 2015.



The ECAs under Regulation 14 of MARPOL Annex VI are the Baltic Sea area, the North Sea area, the North American Emission Control Area, and the US Caribbean Sea Emission Control Area.

The revised PAN has also been streamlined to make it more user-friendly to the sections on BWM Convention and Green Port Programme.

Pursuant to Section 44(2) of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Act (Cap. 170A), and Regulations 3 and 63A of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (Port) Regulations, the Port Master hereby directs that owners, agents or masters of the following vessels are to declare the required information using the revised PAN form in this circular:

  • Passenger ships, including high-speed passenger craft;
  • Cargo ships, including high-speed craft, of 500 GT and above; and
  • Mobile offshore units, including mobile offshore drilling units.

The revised PAN form is attached in Annex A for reference and will be available for download from the website: from 1 December 2019.

Owners, agents and masters are to submit the revised PAN form for all ship arrivals on or after 1 January 2020.