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Wednesday, October 17, 2018


INTERTANKO attended a briefing on the Port Improvement Plan for Singapore (PIPS) organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore on 25 April.

This integrated master plan for improving the port of Singapore’s record in safety and efficiency was the result of a nearly one-year long, multi‑disciplinary review conducted by the MPA. The Plan encompasses shipping services, port operations procedures, and customer services. Operationally, the plan seeks to facilitate shipping movements in the port and thereby reduce the risk of marine incidents.

Shipping Services

A commitment has been made to go 100 per cent electronic by the end of 2002, and includes electronic linkage with Classification Societies as well as re‑classification of the MPA’s current Dangerous Goods Code in order to coincide with the IMDG Code. A one‑stop service for Port Clearance Certificates (PCC) is also being developed.

Port operations procedures

MPA will require the pilotage service provider to submit a passage plan to the shipmaster and to the MPA Port Operations Control Centre (POCC) before the pilot embarks on the passage. This is in accordance with the recommendations from the IMO following a submission from INTERTANKO. INTERTANKO, in conjunction with a number of other industry bodies, including the International Marine Pilots Association, made a submission to IMO recommending a process whereby there would be an exchange ahead of the pilot coming on board the ship so that the pilot and the bridge team would both understand the intended passage. The current practice is that when a ship arrives in Singapore, the pilot will brief the shipmaster verbally on the route he intends to take and provide other important information such as the tug pick‑up points and berthing plan. The MPA plans to introduce this new requirement in phases. For a start, it will look at piloted vessels including oil tankers. Over time, all vessels operating in the port will be required to lodge their passage plans with MPA prior to their movements in the port.

The MPA also plans to push ahead aggressively in introducing shipboard transponders and will come with a tentative plan of implementation. INTERTANKO has been at the forefront with regard to the development of AIS type transponders at IMO and supports their implementation as a beneficial measure to reduce voice transmissions.

Customer Services

Many of the proposals for improved customer services leverage heavily on IT, with many of the shipping information services to be offered via the MPA's Internet portal, Marinct.

Also relying on IT, and set to go by mid-2001, will be a new horizon planning strategy aimed at forecasting traffic congestion and better optimising available anchorage space.