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Friday, September 21, 2018

THE MARITIME AND PORT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE (MPA) TO IMPLEMENT THE FIRST PHASE OF THE MASTER-PILOT PASSAGE

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) plans to implement the first phase of the Master-Pilot passage plan from 1 August 2001, for all types of tankers and passenger ships. This decision came after the positive feedback received from the shipmasters during the pilot project conducted by the joint Work Improvement Team consisting of representatives from PSA Marine Pte Ltd, INTERTANKO and MPA.  The purpose of the pilot project, which commenced on 1 March 2001, was to study the feasibility of providing the shipmaster with a passage plan prior to the vessel's arrival at the pilot boarding ground and to obtain feedback on the project.

The passage plan was discussed at the 46th Session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Safety of Navigation, Item 15 - Training and Certification of Maritime Pilots and in particular Master-Pilot Exchange issue.

Singapore supported INTERTANKO and other industry organisations in the proposal to introduce passage planning, to be given by the pilotage service provider in advance to shipmasters.  MPA further agrees with INTERTANKO that such an early exchange of information between master and pilot would enhance the safety of navigation for vessels calling at Singapore.

A list of location codes and 18 sets of passage plans including chartlets leading to and from the terminals in Singapore have been posted on PSA Marine's website (http://www.portnet.com/pmarine_1.htm ). An explanatory note on the use of these passage plans is also posted to guide the shipmaster.