The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and Port of Rotterdam Authority renewed their Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in Information Exchange and Research and Development, during the 4th Port Authorities Roundtable held in Long Beach, USA from 16 to 18 July 2018.
As digitalization is penetrating in the shipping industry more and more, operators can benefit from its use. One aspect of this is the digital twin concept. This provides a virtual model of a physical ship, producing valuable insights from data. A digital twin can also simulate how a ship will perform without testing it in the real world.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore informed that on July 9 2018, the Indonesian-flagged ferry, ‘SRI Kandi 99’, ran aground on a rock bund at the southern tip of Pulau Tekong, within Singapore port waters. The ship was carrying 45 people onboard. All are safe and accounted for.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and the Marine Department of Malaysia carried out a joint chemical spill exercise at sea along the East Johor Strait to test the Joint Emergency Response Plan for Chemical Spill Incidents in the East Johor Strait.
MPA Singapore conducted checks on Pegasus earlier this year, discovering that the company had allowed an unlicensed craft operator to use its bunker craft to make bunker deliveries. MPA revoked Pegasus bunker craft operator licence, and it will not be allowed to operate as a bunker craft operator in the Port of Singapore.
The first chief officer of the dredger ‘JBB De Rong 19’, which collided with the tanker ‘Kartika Segara’, leading to the death of five crewmembers, was neither qualified nor certified to be managing such a ship, a court decided on July 11. The chief officer was sentenced in two years in jail, as he pleaded guilty.
The Singapore Strait and the Port of Singapore are busy waterways, where large numbers of ships of different types transit and make port calls. As such, MPA Singapore issued a circular providing safe navigation tips for vessels sailing in regional waters.
A situation arose in Singapore over the weekend where Customs decided to treat samples from bunker deliveries as “commercial goods” for import, which prevented bunker surveyors from bringing samples ashore at the Marina South Pier and West Coast Pier, IBIA informed.
In conjunction with the ‘Day of Seafarer 2018’, Jurong Port, MPA Singapore, PSA, SMOU, and SOS jointly presented 600 gift hampers to ships calling at Singapore. The hampers, containing essential daily items, reached about 9,000 seafarers ‘as an appreciation for their contributions to the maritime industry’.
MPA Singapore will embark on several new initiatives as part of its continued efforts to enhance safety at sea, announced Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Transport & Ministry of Health, Dr. Lam Pin Min, at the official opening of the International [email protected] Conference on 20 June.
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