On 14 February 2019, MPA Singapore received a report that a Dominica-flagged supply vessel, Ocean Cooper 2, had capsized and sunk in the westbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme, about 3 nautical miles from Pedra Branca. The incident took place within Singapore Territorial Waters in the Singapore Strait. All three Indonesian crew, were rescued by a nearby accompanying supply vessel, Jolly Rachel, and they are safe.
The incident which involved Malaysian vessel ‘Polaris’ and Greece-registered bulk carrier ‘Piraeus’ colliding, caused discussions on the dispute between Malaysia and Singapore concerning their territorial waters. Yet, Malaysian Marine Department director-general Baharin Abdul Hamid, stated that the incident occurred in Malaysian territorial waters and not Singapore.
The Greece-registered bulk carrier ‘Pireas’ collided with the Malaysian government vessel ‘Polaris’ in Singapore Territorial Waters, within Singapore Port Limits off Tuas, Saturday. ‘Pireas’ was en route from Singapore to its next port of call at Tanjung Pelepas, when the collision took place at 14.28 hrs.
Seven men got arrested on January 29 for an alleged illegal transaction of 2.7 tonnes of marine gas oil at the sea off Pulau Sudong, Singapore. According to the police, the men were arrested during a joint operation the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. Initial investigations showed that the three crew members had allegedly misappropriated 2.7 tonnes of marine gas oil without their company knowing.
According to Singapore’s Maritime Port Authority, from January 1, 2019 the Notification relating to the Weight Limitation of Dangerous Goods is amended by the Notification relating to the Weight Limitation of Dangerous Goods (G.N. No. 3474/2018) published on 28 December 2018, as the Notification’.
Singapore’s MPA has moved to further improvements to its online application for the Certificate of Endorsement (COE). From now on, the Receipt of Acknowledgement (ROA) will be automatically issued upon submission of COE application on the Marinet, instead of two working dates. This will enable companies to sign on officers whom the company has assessed to be competent for the intended shipboard position, while waiting for the processing of COE application or if the COE do not reach the ship in time.
On the sidelines of WEF meeting underway in Davos, Mr. S. Iswaran, Singapore’s Minister for Communications and Information, has unveiled a model governance framework for artificial intelligence (AI), aimed to be adopted by companies in Singapore and globally, to tackle with issues that have emerged with new technology.
MPA Singapore has announced the development of an inter-operability framework for electronic trade documents for the maritime and trade industries, which is expected to strengthen Singapore’s standing as a leading global maritime hub.
PSA Singapore has signed an agreement with the Japanese ocean carrier Ocean Network Express (ONE) during December. According to the agreement, ONE will operate four mega container berths in Singapore, cementing Singapore as a global maritime power.
The company has completed the installation of an Endress + Hauser Promass X mass flow meter on the MT Eager high sulphur fuel oil bunker barge. As stated by Maersk Oil Trading, a second vessel is also being planned. Maersk Oil Trading, part of A.P. Moller – Maersk, supplies fuel for Maersk’s global vessel fleet and third-party customers.
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