The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Wednesday (25 June) issued a circular to all vessels that are supplying and receiving bunkers in the Port of Singapore.
The Guidelines for Preventing Pollution During Bunkering Operations circular highlights that bunkering related oil spills are generally due to operational lapses and could be prevented if all the necessary precautions are taken.
It also highlights the master, the owner and the agent of the ship shall each be guilty of an offence and shall each be liable on conviction to a fine of not less than $1,000 and not more than $1 million or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both, for any discharge of oil or oily mixture occurring from a Singapore ship into any part of the sea or from any ship into Singapore waters.
Guidelines to be observed by bunker tankers and receiving vessels during bunkering operations
Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 26 June, 2019
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