The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Thursday (28 March) said it has completed an investigation into the facts surrounding the collision between Greece-registered bulk carrier Pireas and Malaysian Government vessel Polaris.
The Pireas collided with Polaris within Singapore Port Limits off Tuas on 9 February 2019 after a bunkering operation.
“The investigation showed that an error in the turning manoeuvre carried out by PIREAS caused it to collide with POLARIS, which was anchored at the time in a non-designated anchorage within Singapore Port Limits,” it states.
“MPA has issued a stern written warning to the master of PIREAS for the collision.
“MPA reminds the shipping community to ensure that vessels operating within Singapore Port Limits comply with the applicable regulations.
“MPA also reiterates its concern that the presence of unauthorised vessels in Singapore’s port waters can cause confusion for the shipping community and threaten navigational safety in the area.”
Photo credit: Singapore Police Force
Published: 29 March, 2019
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