A recent Malaysian Marine Department declaration foresees an alteration to the Port Limits for Johore Bahru Port, extending the limits of the port in its southernmost state and encroaching the territorial waters of Singapore. In response, MPA of Singapore said it does not recognise the Port Limits published and reminded operators that Singapore’s territorial waters extend westward of Singapore’s current port limits around Tuas and vessels operating in this area are to continue to comply with applicable Singapore regulations.
Scrubbers are an accepted equivalent measure from compliance with thee IMO 2020 sulphur cap. crubbers have divided the shipping industry, while ports around are analyzing their impact in their waters. In the latest development, MPA Singapore will ban the discharge of wash water from open-loop scrubbers, as from January 1, 2020.
The inaugural SAFETY4SEA Conference in Singapore successfully concluded on Thursday 29th of November, at the Peony Main Ballroom, Level 4, Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Center, Singapore, attracting 230 delegates from a total of 132 organizations. The pro bono event brought together global experts who held a wide-ranging discussion on key shipping challenges.
COSCO SHIPPING Ports and PSA Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding on November 21 for two additional berths at Cosco-PSA Terminal in Singapore. With the launch of the two new berths, CPT will have five mega-vessel berths, and will increase the joint venture’s capacity from 3 million TEU a year to 5 million TEU.
The Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration signed a Cooperation Agreement with the China Maritime Arbitration Commission, on 13 November, to promote maritime arbitration, as an effective solution of maritime disputes. SCMA and CMAC will cooperate through joint conferences and programs.
In March 2018, almost 100 ships presented operational problems using residual fuels bunkered in Houston. The International Council of Combustion Engines reviewed the reported cases and concluded that until now there is no explanation regarding the root cause of the mentioned incidents.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore informed that the Port Master prohibits all vessels from transiting, anchoring or remaining within specific areas in the Eastern Anchorage and Eastern Holding C Anchorage. The prohibition will apply from 13 November 2018 to 15 November 2018.
Under the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims 1976, shipowners may limit their liability in maritime claims by establishing a limitation fund. From 1 February 2018, Singapore’s Rules of Court have been amended to allow a person seeking relief in a limitation action to constitute a limitation fund either by making payment into Court under an order of the Court, or by producing a LOU from a P&I Club acceptable to the Court.
European shipowners are pleased with the signature of the EU-Singapore trade agreement, as it represents EU and Singapore’s ‘commitment to free, fair and rules-based trade at a time that protectionism is on the rise’. The EU and Singapore agreement was signed during last week’s Asia-Europe summit and contains the liberalisation principles of international maritime transport services.
The Institute of Bunker Buyers and Consumers is still ‘extremely concerned’ about the outbreak of contaminated fuel, which originated in the US earlier this year, and then spread further to Panama Canal, Singapore and the far East. As IBBC said, many operators have been affected, and the incidences have caused serious problems.
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