Singapore is developing fire safety practises for liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operations, shared Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State for Transport, during the opening address of the International Safety@Sea Week which takes place between 30 August to 1 September.
Organised annually by Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) for the international maritime community and top practitioners to discuss safety at sea issues and share best practices on maritime safety, the theme for this year’s conference is on “The Human and Technology Crossroads for Maritime Safety”.
“As a major transhipment and bunkering hub port, Singapore takes maritime safety seriously. Ensuring safety of ships and seafarers is paramount to keep global supply lines open and secure,” stated Mr Chee.
“All stakeholders, including governments, industry players and workers, share this responsibility to ensure safety at sea. I would like to thank our maritime community for working tirelessly to keep our workers safe during this COVID-19 pandemic.”
Mr Chee highlighted the new Maritime Immersive Learning Lab in Singapore Polytechnic as an example of how Singapore is harnessing technology to train seafarers in a safer way but does not compromise the quality of learning.
Started by the Centre of Excellence in Maritime Safety and the Singapore Maritime Academy earlier this year, the Lab utilises virtual reality-based training tools and immersive scenarios to equip students to handle emergency scenarios at sea.
Over 180 participants from maritime companies have been invited to trial the LNG fire-fighting virtual reality training developed by the Lab.
“One area Maritime Singapore is focusing on is sustainable fuels of the future, such as LNG,” he shared.
“With the increasing adoption of these fuels, fire safety is a perennial concern. Our seafarers must be equipped to handle emergency scenarios, such as leakages and fires during bunkering operations.”
In conjunction with the International Safety@Sea Week, MPA is holding the 12th edition of the International Chemical and Oil Pollution Conference and Exhibition (ICOPCE) on 1 September.
More than 800 participants from over 60 countries are expected for the International Safety@Sea and ICOPCE conferences over three days.
Note: For more details of the plenary sessions at International Safety@Sea Week and ICOPCE 2021, visit www.safetyatseaweek.gov.sg. Registration is free for all sessions.
Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 1 September, 2021
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