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MPA launches International Safety@Sea Week, to be held until 27 October 

Some of the initiatives that will be conducted during IS@S week include multi-agency Ferry Rescue Exercise, which will be centred on an electric ferry mishap for the first time.

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Monday (23 October) said the 10th edition of the International Safety@Sea (IS@S) Week, from 23 to 27 October 2023, was launched by Mr Chee Hong Tat, Acting Minister for Transport and Senior Minister of State for Finance during the IS@S Conference. 

Themed “Advancing Maritime Safety in a Green and Digital Age”, the 10th edition of the International Safety@Sea (IS@S) Week, organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), brings together maritime experts and top practitioners from the local and international maritime community to discuss challenges and new opportunities concerning maritime safety in the decarbonisation and digitalisation age.

This year’s conference will feature over 20 local and international speakers. Mr Chee also shared various MPA-led initiatives to enhance safety at sea in his opening speech. More than 350 participants from close to 20 countries are expected to attend the event. 

Several initiatives were announced or will be conducted during IS@S week:

a. New community volunteer programme pilot to enhance safety at sea;

b. Multi-agency Ferry Rescue Exercise (FEREX), which will be centred on an electric ferry mishap for the first time; and

c. Presentation of International Safety@Sea Awards.

MPA will also be organising the Singapore Registry of Ships (SRS) Forum in the same week, which will discuss the opportunities arising from digital initiatives and the adoption of the 2023 International Maritime Organization Strategy on Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Ships.

Ensuring safety at sea is a shared responsibility. MPA and the National Maritime Safety at Sea Council (NMSSC) are developing a new volunteer programme to build and train a network of community volunteers. This would complement government agencies’ response to search and rescue efforts within Singapore waters. MPA will consult various stakeholders and share further details in 2024.

During the IS@S Conference, Chairman of NMSSC presented the IS@S Awards to two companies for their outstanding contributions to Search and Rescue (SAR) efforts in 2022.

NYK Shipmanagement Pte Ltd, and the master and crew of HELIOS LEADER, were recognised for their role in a challenging SAR operation amidst adverse weather conditions on 7 November 2022. More than 300 people were rescued from a sinking boat in the South China Sea, and brought onboard the ship about four hours after it received the distress message from MRCC Singapore.

Pacific International Lines, and the master and crew of KOTA SURIA, were recognised for assistance rendered after responding to a distress message off West Africa in the Gulf of Guinea on 9 April 2022. Despite the security risks in this location, they deviated from course for about four hours before finding and rescuing the entire crew of a cargo vessel that had stopped at sea due to water ingress and flooding of the engine room. KOTA SURIA was only able to resume its voyage seven days later after the rescued crew onboard KOTA SURIA disembarked at Cape Town.

As part of IS@S Week, the annual multi-agency Ferry Rescue Exercise (FEREX) will be conducted to validate Singapore’s operational readiness and response capabilities in the event of a ferry mishap incident, on 24 October. FEREX comprises a Table-Top Exercise and a Ground Deployment Exercise, involving eight vessels, a helicopter and over 180 personnel from close to 30 agencies, industry

partners, and observer organisations. FEREX will simulate seaward and landward exercises off Pulau Bukom and at the Pasir Panjang Ferry Terminal.

The exercise will simulate excessive heat and battery fire in one of the two battery compartments onboard the electric ferry, and the resultant passengers’ evacuation, medical treatment and fire containment efforts by ferry crew and government agencies.

Note: The full IS@S conference programme can be found here.

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 24 October, 2023

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Incident

MPA: Fire breaks out on two ships near Pedra Branca, search and rescue underway

MPA was notified of a fire onboard both a Singapore-flagged tanker “Hafnia Nile” and a São Tomé and Príncipe-flagged tanker “Ceres 1”, about 55km northeast of Pedra Branca, on 19 July.

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Friday (19 July) said it was alerted to a fire onboard two ships about 55km northeast of Pedra Branca within Singapore’s Maritime Search and Rescue Region.

MPA was notified about 6.15am on 19 July that both a Singapore-flagged tanker, Hafnia Nile, and a São Tomé and Príncipe-flagged tanker Ceres 1 caught fire. 

“MPA has requested passing vessels to assist in the search and rescue of the crew,” it said in a statement. 

MPA: Fire breaks out on two ships near Pedra Branca, search and rescue underway

A Republic of Singapore Navy ship, RSS Supreme, which is in vicinity of the incident is providing assistance. 

Currently, a Republic of Singapore Air Force helicopter has also been despatched and is assisting with evacuating the crew.

“More updates will be provided when available,” MPA added.

 

Photo credit: Jude Mack on Unsplash / Screengrab from video, courtesy of Manifold Times reader
Published: 19 July 2024

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Alternative Fuels

Singapore: MPA and NYK partnership to include green bunker fuel training programmes

Both signed a MoU to deepen their partnership and will include promoting the safe use of bunker fuels such as biofuels, methanol and low or zero-carbon ammonia through a phased approach.

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Singapore: MPA and NYK partnership to include green bunker fuel training programmes

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Tuesday (9 July) said it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) to deepen their partnership and accelerate maritime decarbonisation, digitalisation, and manpower development efforts. 

In line with the International Maritime Organization’s revised Greenhouse Gas strategy 2023, the Paris Agreement, and international energy and climate targets, MPA and NYK will collaborate on various initiatives aimed at promoting a sustainable maritime industry. 

The partnership will include promoting the safe use of maritime fuels such as biofuels, methanol and low or zero-carbon ammonia through a phased approach. 

The MoU was signed by Mr Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive, MPA, and Mr Takaya Soga, President and Group Chief Executive, NYK, on 2 July 2024.

Both parties will discuss maritime training programmes for seafarers on ammonia-fuelled vessels and other sustainability-related skills and competencies to support the industry’s transition towards alternative low or zero- carbon fuels, including leadership programs for local professionals.

Mr Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive of MPA, said: “This MoU marks a significant milestone in the longstanding partnership between MPA and NYK. As a major bunkering and a maritime hub port, Singapore is in a phase of introducing alternative fuels and enhancing manpower development.”

“MPA looks forward to our partnership with NYK to unlock our collective potential and develop solutions that can be scaled up to benefit the global maritime community in the move towards smart and sustainable shipping.”

Mr Takaya Soga, President and Chief Executive Officer of NYK, said: “NYK has been proactively working on decarbonisation initiatives, digitalisation, and maritime human resource development to materialise a sustainable maritime industry.”

“We have begun ammonia-fuel-related business development including bunkering projects, endorsing the Singaporean government's initiative on fuel ammonia. Singapore plays a significant role in the maritime industry as the world's largest hub port for trans-shipment and bunkering.”

“We are delighted to conclude this MoU with MPA as we share the same goals. This MoU will accelerate cooperation between MPA and NYK and contribute to the sustainable development of the maritime industry.”

 

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 10 July, 2024

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Port & Regulatory

Thirteen deficiencies flagged during inspection for dredger involved in Singapore oil spill

Netherlands-flagged dredger “Vox Maxima”, one of the two vessels involved in the allision on 14 June, was found to have serious deficiencies relating to fire safety and life-saving equipment aboard.

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Netherlands-flagged dredger Vox Maxima, one of the vessels involved in the allision on 14 June, was found to have serious deficiencies relating to fire safety and life-saving equipment aboard, The Straits Times reported on Friday (5 July). 

According to the media outlet, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) confirmed on 5 July that it had carried out a port state control (PSC) inspection on Vox Maxima on 15 June, the day after the dredger reportedly lost engine and steering control and crashed into Singapore-flagged bunker vessel Marine Honour.

A total of 13 deficiencies were flagged during the 15 June inspection of the dredger, according to a public database of PSC inspection results in the Asia-Pacific region.

Three out of the 13 warranted detention of the vessel which indicated serious deficiencies that required repairs before it could be permitted to leave the port. 

The three deficiencies were related to fire safety, lifeboats aboard the vessel, and the International Safety Management Code, which provides an international standard for the safe management and operation of ships.

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Photo credit: Martin Klingsick / MarineTraffic
Published: 8 July, 2024

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