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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Singapore MPA recognised for enhancing safety at sea

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) won the Seatrade Award for Safety at Sea at the Seatrade Awards Ceremony Dinner this week at London’s Guildhall. The award is for MPA’s system for enhancing pilot-master information exchange onboard vessels. To see the MPA Press Release click Press Release

The sending of the pilots' passage plan to the ship’s master well before the vessel's arrival at the pilot boarding station may be the first scheme of its kind to be adopted in the shipping world. This was a combined effort by the regulator (Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore-MPA), the pilotage service provider (PSA Marine Pte Ltd - PSAM) and the industry (INTERTANKO).
The key factor in the success of this project is its negligible cost and the fact that it does not require additional equipment or training. After the introduction of advance passage plans, the number of piloted incidents fell from 0.14 per 1000 movements in 1999 to 0.05 per 1000 movements in 2003.

INTERTANKO strongly supported this concept and continues to do so. A number of its members actively participated in the pilot project. “ The concept of MPX (Master Pilot Exchange) of passage plans to assist Master and pilot during times of pilotage is an invaluable tool,” says Howard Snaith, INTERTANKO Director and Head of its Marine, Chemical, Ports and Terminals and Environmental Directorate. “We are delighted that the MPA won this award and believe it is indicative of how well such a system can work.”

Contact: Howard Snaith or Minerva Alfonso