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.
On 30 August 2019, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) received a report that two persons with life jackets were sighted in waters about 4.3 nautical miles from Horsburgh Lighthouse, within the Singapore Maritime Search and Rescue Region.
The number of major incidents in the Port of Singapore has fallen over the last 10 years, with less than 0.12 major incidents per 100,000 vessel movements in 2018, which is a decrease from 0.8 in 2009. Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health said that the use of technology and digitalization will be able to further improve maritime safety by providing seafarers better access to crucial safety-related information.
In an official statement, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) announced that the wreck of the supply vessel ‘OCEAN COOPER 2’, which sank within Singapore Territorial Waters in February, does not pose a risk to navigation.
MPA Singapore announced it has completed investigation on the collision between the Greece-registered bulk carrier ‘Pireas’ and the Malaysian Government vessel ‘Polaris’ in Singapore Territorial Waters off Tuas, in February.
On March 2, the Singapore-flagged ferry ‘Wavemaster 5’ ran aground at Karang Galang reef, off the eastern coast of Batam, Indonesia. The ferry was voyaging from Tanjung Pinang, Indonesia to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, Singapore, when the incident occurred.
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.
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.
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