SINGAPORE TO ENFORCE SINGLE-HULL TANKER PHASE-OUT

The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) issued a Circular regarding its policy on enforcement of the new amendments to Regulation 13G of MAPOL Annex I on the new phase-out schedule for single-hull tankers that was recently adopted by the IMO.

The Circular was published on 24 December 2001 and can be accessed at the following link http://www.mpa.gov.sg/homepage/mcp/mc01-14.htm

The circular announces that Singapore will not allow the few exemptions that new 13G regulations provide for. These exemptions apply to single hull tankers delivered in 1992 and in 1993/1996 that could be phased-out in 2016 and 2017 respectively. In addition, tankers built with double sides or double bottoms over the entire ship's cargo block and which were in service up to 1 June 2001, could be allowed to trade up to their 25th anniversary. This option was made especially for tankers below 20,000 dwt and which were not subject to 13G before and thus could have been built in good faith with double sides or double bottom only. Apparently Singapore will prohibit all these tankers to call Singapore from 2015.

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