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MPA: Johor Bahru port limit alteration ‘not recognised’ by Singapore

03 Dec 2018

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Friday said it “does not recognise” a decision made by Malaysia authorities the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) of Malaysia and Marine Department Malaysia (MDM) to alter the port limit of Johor Bahru port.

Malaysia’s AGC, first made the announcement thought its Federal Government Gazette P.U. (B) 587 “Declaration of Alteration of Port Limits for Johore Bahru Port” on 25 October 2018.

The Director of Marine at MDM Southern Region later issued Port Circular No. 88/2018 on 11 November 2018, and the Director General of MDM published a Notice to Mariners No. 164/2018 on 22 November 2018 repeating the decision.

“The Gazette Notification, PC 88/2018 and NtM 164/2018 purport to extend the port limits for Malaysia’s Johor Bahru Port in a manner which encroaches into Singapore’s territorial waters and the approaches to the Port of Singapore off Tuas,” states MPA.

“Accordingly, MPA does not recognise the port limits published in the Gazette Notification, PC 88/2018 and NtM 164/2018. Ship masters and owners of vessels should therefore disregard the Gazette Notification, PC 88/2018 and NtM 164/2018 which impinge on Singapore’s sovereignty.

“MPA would also like to remind ship masters and owners of vessels that Singapore’s territorial waters extend westward of Singapore’s current port limits around Tuas and vessels operating in this area are to continue to comply with applicable Singapore regulations.”

Members of the maritime industry with enquiries are advised to contact MPA at pocc@mpa.gov.sg.

Published: 3 December 2018

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