The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has issued a port circular reminding ship masters and owners of vessels to take all necessary measures to prevent their vessels from emitting excessive soot, ash, or dark smoke from engine exhaust and/or ancillary shipboard machineries throughout the duration of vessel stay in port.
The Singapore authority stressed that it takes a “serious view” of vessels emitting excessive smoke due to its adverse effect on the air quality in the atmosphere, and says it will take “stern action” against offenders.
“No person may cause smoke, soot, ash or grit to be emitted from a vessel in such quantity or density as may, in the opinion of the Authority, be a nuisance,” said Port Master Captain Kevin Wong, taking reference from Regulation 66 of the MPA Regulations.
Failure to comply with the said regulation is an offence for which offenders can be prosecuted in Court. If convicted, offenders may be fined up to $5,000.
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Published date: 24 May, 2018
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