MPA Singapore plans to boost connectivity and inter-linkages of Singapore’s maritime cluster, build an innovation ecosystem with a future-ready maritime workforce. MPA will enhance the Maritime Cluster Fund by $100 million in support of a vision for Singapore to be the Global Maritime Hub for Connectivity, Innovation and Talent.
SAFETY4SEA is pleased to announce that MPA Singapore received the 2018 GREEN4SEA Port Award at a prestigious awards ceremony which successfully concluded on March the 6th at the Yacht Club of Greece in Athens, the evening ahead of the GREEN4SEA Conference.
Maritime Singapore wants to be a global maritime hub for connectivity and innovation according to the International Maritime Centre 2030 Advisory Committee. The Committee recently completed its strategic review and submitted a report to the Singapore Government, which includes developing and implementing Industry Transformation Maps.
On 12 January 2018, three passing merchant vessels informed the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore that they had rescued 11 persons from a vessel that had sunk in the South China Sea, within the Singapore Maritime Search and Rescue Region.
Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of Singapore’s Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health, launched the Sea Transport Industry Transformation Map, in line with MPA Singapore’s long term plans to develop the country’s next-generation port and strengthen international maritime centre.
Ocean Bunkering Services Pte Ltd announced it will add five bunker barges to its fleet by early January, in line with its plans to expand in Singaporean marine refueling market, currently the largest in the world.
MPA has taken additional measures during the festive season to raise safety awareness and ensure that all port users remain vigilant and observe safety rules. For example, on top of scheduled inspections, MPA’s port inspectors and marine surveyors have been carrying out spot checks more frequently.
MPA Singapore announced investment of another S$12 million to boost LNG bunkering in the Port of Singapore. Half of this money will co-fund the building of new LNG bunker vessels to facilitate STS LNG bunkering and the remaining half will be used to top up MPA’s existing co-funding programme to support the building of LNG-fueled vessels.
On 16 November 2017, the bunkering company, Vermont UM Bunkering Pte Ltd, and three of its staff have been charged for cheating and criminal breach of trust offences, Singapore’s Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) announced.
Following several trials using drones to survey cargo tanks of ships, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore is developing the acceptance criteria for the usage of such remote inspection techniques on board Singapore-registered ships. The acceptance criteria will be ready by first quarter next year.
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