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Friday, November 16, 2018

MPA keeps Singapore bunkering industry prepared for latest international standards, and allows single hulls to operate up to 25 years or 2015

In his opening address at the Singapore International Bunkering Conference (SIBCON) this week, Mr Yeo Cheow Tong, Minister for Transport announced  MPA’s bunkering plans to implement several new initiatives to upgrade the bunkering industry and enhance its services in port. He highlighted that the schemes and programmes were guided by three key underlying principles:

  • adherence to international standards
  • bunker quality assurance
  • cost competitiveness

Under the new ‘Gate System’, to be implemented from 1 January 2005, the MPA will set age limits and other conditions for the issuing of new harbour craft licences for tankers and for phasing-out existing harbour tankers carrying heavy grade oil (HGO). 

In addition the MPA will allow Singapore-registered single hulled tankers to operate up to 25 years or 2015, whichever is earlier. Singapore is one of the first flag states (along with the EU) to make this decision, which will give other South East Asian flag states food for thought.

Minister Yeo also announced that a revised version of the code of practice for bunkering in Singapore (CP 60) will enter into force from second quarter 2005. This new code has been drafted to comply with Annex VI of MARPOL that will enter into force in May 2005. INTERTANKO was a member of the Technical Committee that drafted the revised CP 60.

INTERTANKO’s John Fawcett-Ellis presented a paper entitled “Bunker – the customer always comes first”. His paper focused on the influence of MARPOL Annex VI in Singapore’s revised Code of Practice for Bunkering (CP 60) which has just been published. The paper also highlighted the key features of Singapore’s Quality Management for Bunker Supply Chain (QMBS) which was introduced in 2003. INTERTANKO has participated in the development of these documents.

Click here to view John Fawcett-Ellis’s paper

Click here for further information on the MPA’s schemes and programmes.

Click here to download the full text for the opening address by Mr Yeo Cheow Tong, Minister for Transport

Contact:  John Fawcett-Ellis