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Malaysia: Marine Department clarifies types of oil permitted as cargo on tankers

07 Aug 2020

The Marine Department of Malaysia on Wednesday (5 August) published a notice to the maritime industry clarifying restrictions and the types of oil permitted to be carried as cargo by Malaysia register oil tankers based on their classification: 

Notice to shipowners, ship agents, Masters, seafarers, port operators, Recognized Organization and the maritime industry:

CLARIFICATION ON THE REGISTRATION OF AN OIL TANKER, GENERAL CATEGORIES OF OIL TANKERS AND RESTRICTION ON THE TYPE OF OIL PERMITTED TO BE CARRIED AS CARGO

Purpose

  1. This Notice is to clarify to the shipping community on the registration of oil tankers under the Malaysia Flag, general categories of oil tankers and the restrictions on the type of oil permitted to be carried as cargo on said tankers.

Definition

  1. With reference to this Notice:
    1. “Heavy Grade Oil (HGO)” means oil having characteristics as defined in Regulation 21 of Annex I of MARPOL.
    2. “Age of ship” refers to the Year of Build stated in the International Tonnage Certificate 1969.

General Categories of Oil Tankers and The Type of Oil Permitted To Be Carried as Cargo

  1. Single Hull Single Bottom tankers under the Malaysia Flag are not permitted to carry oil as cargo irrespective of age of ship.
  2. Single Hull Double Bottom tanker under the Malaysia Flag may carry Heavy Grade Oil as cargo subject to the following conditions:
    1. The age of the tanker shall not exceed 25 years old;
    2. The plying limit shall be restricted within 20 nautical miles from the nearest land in:
      1. Peninsular Malaysia; or
      2. Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan only.
    3. Shall be classed with a Recognised Organisation approved by the Marine Department Malaysia with the appropriate Class Notations; and
    4. The double bottom specification and construction of the tanker is equivalent or higher than the requirement of a cargo ship under SOLAS Ch II-1”
  3. Single Hull Double Bottom tanker under the Malaysia Flag may carry oil other than Heavy Grade Oil as cargo subject to the following conditions:
      1. The plying limit shall be restricted to within Malaysia waters only; and
      2. shall be classed with a Recognised Organisation approved by the Marine Department Malaysia with the appropriate Class Notations; and
      3. The Double Bottom specification and construction of the tanker is equivalent or higher than the requirement of a cargo ship under SOLAS Ch II-1.

Additional Requirements Prior to the Registration as an Oil Tankers under the Malaysia Flag

  1. A Double Hull Double Bottom tanker intended to carry oil as cargo irrespective of age may be registered under the Malaysia Flag subject to the following additional conditions:
    1. The construction shall comply with regulation 19 or 20 of Annex I of MARPOL or an alternative design approved by the Marine Department Malaysia; and
    2. Shall be classed with a Recognised Organization approved by the Marine Department Malaysia with the appropriate Class Notations.
  2. A Single Hull Single Bottom tanker intended to carry oil as cargo irrespective of age may not be registered under the Malaysia Flag.

Existing Tankers Registered Under the Malaysia Flag

  1. Existing tankers registered under the Malaysia Flag shall comply with the cargo restriction as specified in this Notice with immediate effect.

Any inquiries concerning the subject of this notice should be directed to:

Director
Maritime Industrial Control Division,
Marine Department of Malaysia, HQ
P.O Box 12, Jalan Limbungan
42007 Port Klang, Selangor, Malaysia

bkim@marine.gov.my

OR

Director
Ship Registration Division,
Marine Department of Malaysia, HQ
P.O Box 12, Jalan Limbungan
42007 Port Klang, Selangor, Malaysia

registry@marine.gov.my


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Published: 7 August, 2020

 

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