The Maritime Port and Authority of Singapore (MPA) announced that it withdraws the Bunker Supplier Licence of Inter-Pacific Petroleum Pte Ltd (“Inter-Pacific”), enabling the latter from December 9, 2019 will stop its operations as a bunker supplier in the Port of Singapore.
MPA Singapore issued two marine notices focusing on the environmental marine protection, highlighting the importance of LNG use and informing of two new programs, concerning port waivers and the extension of the Green Port program.
Vessels navigating in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore are required to comply with the ‘Rules For Vessels Navigating Through the Straits of Malacca and Singapore’ adopted by the IMO MSC 69 in 1998, in accordance with the provision of Resolution A.858(20), the MPA Singapore reminded.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) announced that the Pre-Arrival Notification (PAN) has been revised to incorporate the requirements for reporting on the use of compliant fuels in accordance with the fast approaching IMO 2020 sulphur cap.
MPA Singapore issued a circular providing information on the implementation of the requirements on life saving appliances for Singapore registered ships (SRS) as adopted by MSC 96, which will take effect from 1st January 2020 as part of the associated SOLAS amendments.
MPA Singapore issued its port-performance for October 2019, focusing on key port indicators, such as the number of vessels arriving, the container throughput, the cargo throughput and the bunker sales. Generally, October saw an increase in vessel arrivals and container throughput, but a decrease in cargo volumes and bunker sales.
PSA Singapore reported that it accommodated the largest containership to ever visit the port, MSC Isabella, the 23,000 TEU container vessel; The port of Singapore is the first port of call in Asia for the vessel, after continuing its voyage to Europe.
The Singapore Registry of Ships has crossed the 95 million gross tonnage milestone in 2019 and maintained its position among the top registries in the world. The milestone was announced during the ‘2020 & Beyond’, the SRS Forum held by Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on November 8.
Singaporean authorities are promoting LNG as the shipping’s fuel of the future, incentivizing the use of gas instead of bunker fuel for shipping companies. During her opening address at The Singapore Registry of Ships (SRS) Forum, Quah Ley Hoon, chief executive of the Maritime And Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore stated that beyond meeting the 2020 sulphur limit, the aim is to fully embrace sustainability and prepare for a lower-carbon future.
On Thursday, November 7, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) stated that a fire broke out aboard the Panama-flagged tanker ‘HOYU’ around 9.7 nautical miles from Pedra Branca, within Singapore waters. Moreover, according to the MPA, the Singapore Civil Defence Force, Singapore Police Coast Guard and the Republic of Singapore Navy deployed vessels to render assistance to the HOYU crew; the fire has been put out and all 18 crew members have been safely evacuated.
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