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Sunday, April 22, 2018

FIRST MEETING OF THE SINGAPORE WORKING GROUP

Senior officials of Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority (MPA), executives from oil major companies and representatives from INTERTANKO had their first working group meeting on 21 August.

The establishment of this tripartite working group was agreed during the preliminary meeting between the three organisations on 7 March.

The main objective of the Working Group is to address matters of common interest in the tanker industry and the safety of navigation in Singapore and the Singapore Strait, as well as to create a forum dedicated to proposing and implementing mutually acceptable solutions.  The group agreed on the terms of reference, which included a list of the issues and the work programme.  The MPA will chair the Working Group, which will meet twice a year.

Topics Discussed at the meeting included:

1/ Port State Control

The MPA has a criterion to select ships (including tankers) for port state control inspections and positively welcomed any inputs from the group. Singapore as one of the IMO member states is dedicated to upholding its statutory obligations in order to ensure that the port continues to be safe and clean for the shipping community.  The oil majors encouraged MPA to review OCIMF's SIRE reports, which are now available to governments to assist them in port state control inspections.

2/ Vetting by independent oil terminals in Singapore

In the wake of the Evoikos incident in 1997, the MPA took the initiative of requiring the four independent oil terminals in Singapore to conduct their own vetting inspections on tankers calling at these respective terminals. This move is strongly supported by the oil majors in Singapore, who are willing to assist the independent terminals in formalising procedures and guidelines for ship vetting.  It was mentioned that CDI or SIRE reports could be made available to the independent terminals, under circumstances to be agreed.  The implementation dates have not yet been finalised, but will be by early 2001.  We would appreciate receiving members’ comments on this issue.  For further information and feedback please email to minerva.alfonso@intertanko.com

Charges and dues on SBT tankers and implementation of IMO Resolution A.747(18) in the port of Singapore were also discussed, and MPA is reviewing the background materials they have received from INTERTANKO.

The MPA also mentioned during the meeting that Mr. Zafrul Alam will be appointed as Singapore's Liaison Officer for the IMO to be based in London in September.  Mr Alam is currently the Vice Chairman of MEPC.