Singapore Navy’s first Invincible-class submarine launched

Singapore’s Minister for Defence, Dr. Ng Eng Hen, inaugurated the launch ceremony of the Singapore Navy (RSN)’s first Invincible-class submarine, the ‘Invincible’ at the thyssenkrupp Marine Systems Shipyard in Kiel, Germany, on 18 February.

Supply vessel sinks in Singapore

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.

DHT Holdings not affected by the ban of scrubbers

DHT Hodings published its fourth quarter 2018 earning calls, in which reports that the ban of scrubbers in some ports and coastal areas would not damage the economics of installing equipment. By 2020, the company aims to have 18 of its 27 VLCCs fitted with exhaust gas cleaning systems.The number comprises of two newbuildings and 16 retrofits, all of which would be fitted with open-loop systems.

Militia releases Singaporean Aframax tanker

Eastern Pacific aframax tanker Barents Sea, that was seized by private military with k-47 machine guns in Cameroon on February 2, has been released. The 26 crew on board are reported safe and unharmed. According to the company, the vessel was unlawfully seized by the private militia armed with AK-47s last week at the Sonara Refinery in Limbe. The ship has now completed cargo discharge and departed the port of Limbe. 

Singaporean Aframax tanker seized by military in Cameroon

The vessel ‘Barents Sea’,  a Singapore-flagged Aframax tanker was seized by private military with k-47 machine guns in Cameroon. The vessel along with 26 crewmembers was seized at the Sonara refinery in Limbe, according to Singapore-based ship management company Eastern Pacific Shipping.

World’s first Singapore-based MaritimeTech accelerator launched

Eastern Pacific Shipping and Techstars announced that they are to launch the world’s first global MaritimeTech startup accelerator, ‘EPS MaritimeTech Accelerator Powered’ by Techstars. This start-up accelerator, that will be based in EPS’s headquarters in Singapore, collaboration will be the first of its kind to target the maritime industry. The ‘EPS MaritimeTech Accelerator Powered’ aspires to mentor the next generation of entrepreneurs in the industry.

Partners successfully trial e-BL project based on blockchain technology

Pacific International Lines (PIL) has used an electronic Bill of Lading (e-BL) built on the IBM Blockchain Platform in a successful real-time pilot tracking shipment of mandarin oranges from China for the Lunar New Year celebrations. With the use of the e-BL, the trial has experienced a decrease in the administrative process of transferring the title deed from five to seven days to just one second.

7 arrested for illegal transaction of MGO off Singapore

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. 

Port of Hong Kong at its lowest ranking in 40 years

Hong Kong International Terminals Ltd, the city’s biggest container-terminal operator and part of Li’s CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd, is experiencing a decrease at its rankings. Consequently, it is freezing salaries for all its staff this year due to rising competition and the U.S.-China trade war. It has also formed an alliance with rival dock operators in Hong Kong in a bid to cut costs.

CSA 2020 advises not to single out scrubbers without scientific facts

The Clean Shipping Alliance (CSA) 2020 has called upon the global maritime industry not to single out scrubber wash waters when coastal states and port authorities adopt local regulations to lessen the impact of ship operations on their ports and harbours. Responding to reports that coastal states and ports are implementing rules that ‘restrict the discharge of wash waters’, CSA highlights that most ports and harbours already have discharge requirements which have been in place for years.


The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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