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.
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.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) conducted a ferry emergency exercise (FEREX) at the Regional Ferry Terminal (RFT) at Harbourfront, to trial the competency of about 250 personnel from 10 government agencies, three ferry operators and Singapore Cruise Centre Pte Ltd in response to ferry mishaps.
MPA Singapore issued a marine circular concerning works taking place at Vopak Terminal. The circular is applicable to all mariners operating in the vicinity of Jong Fairway and will take effect from June 10 to September 16, 2019.
MPA Singapore announced it will carry out a hydrographic survey in Straits of Malacca and Singapore, aiming to improve navigation and smooth uninterrupted passage in the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.
While talking at the first SAFET4SEA Conference in Singapore, Mr. David Foo, Director (Port Systems), MPA Singapore, revealed that human element remains a major concern for safety and he provided an update on the ongoing efforts to address the human element, as well as share new initiatives and ideas on how MPA seeks to address the issue.
More than 180 participants from around 80 maritime administrations and organisations, as well as embassies in Singapore, gathered at the 11th Co-operation Forum being held from 24 to 25 September, reaffirming commitment to strengthen cooperation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS).
On 20 September, the MPA Singapore conducted a ferry emergency exercise to test the readiness of various agencies in responding to ferry mishaps in the Port of Singapore. The exercise took place at sea near Kukor Buoy involving more than 100 personnel from 10 organizations.
MPA Singapore informed operators of Singapore-registered ships on the reporting of any marine casualty or security-related incident involving Singapore-registered ships. Failure of any persons to extend their fullest co-operation to the Authority in the conduct of investigations may amount to an offence.
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.
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