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Thursday, 28 November 2019 | 20:00

Change to Pre-Arrival Notification
Thursday, November 28, 2019, Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) would like to inform the shipping community that the Pre-Arrival Notification (PAN) has been revised to incorporate the requirements for reporting on the use of compliant fuel in accordance with IMO 2020 Fuel Oil Sulphur Limit.

Regulation 14.1 of MARPOL Annex VI stipulates that the sulphur content of any fuel oil used on board ships shall not exceed 0.50% m/m on and after 1 January 2020 (for ships operating outside an emission control area). In addition, amendments to Regulation 14.1 of MARPOL Annex VI to prohibit the carriage of fuel oil with sulphur content exceeding 0.50% m/m for use on board ships will come into force on 1 March 2020. This carriage prohibition does not apply to the carriage of fuel oil as cargo.

The revised PAN will require ships calling the Port of Singapore to declare their method of compliance with regard to Regulation 14.1 of MARPOL Annex VI, i.e., whether the ship will be using compliant fuel (sulphur content not exceeding 0.50% m/m) or exhaust gas cleaning system (scrubber). Ships using non-compliant fuel (sulphur content exceeding 0.50% m/m) are also required to declare and provide reasons for non-complaint fuel.

Ships entering the Port of Singapore with non-compliant fuel due to the unavailability of compliant fuel from the previous port are required to complete and submit a copy of the Fuel Oil Non Availability Report (FONAR) to [email protected] and [email protected].

Shipowners, agents and masters are reminded that the discharge of wash water from scrubbers operating in open-loop mode is prohibited within the Singapore port limit from 1 January 2020. More information on the implementation and enforcement of IMO 2020 Fuel Oil Sulphur Limit can be found at www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/singapore-registry-of-ships/about-srs-and-what-new and www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/singapore-registry-of-ships/about-srs-and-what-new/IMO-2020-Fuel-Oil-Sulphur-Limit

The revised PAN has also been streamlined to make it more user-friendly to the sections on Ballast Water Management Convention and Green Port Programme.

Pursuant to Section 44(2) of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Act (Cap. 170A), and Regulations 3 and 63A of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (Port) Regulations, the Port Master hereby directs that owners, agents or masters of the following vessels are to declare the required information using the revised PAN form in this circular:
a) Passenger ships, including high-speed passenger craft;
b) Cargo ships, including high-speed craft, of 500 GT and above;
and
c) Mobile offshore units, including mobile offshore drilling units.

The revised PAN form will be available for download from www.mpa.gov.sg/assets/app/ePANS/epan.html from 1 December 2019.

Owners, agents and masters are to submit the revised PAN form for all ship arrivals on or after 1 January 2020.

Please submit the completed PAN to the MPA Security Department via email [email protected] at least 24 hours before the ship’s arrival in Singapore. The ship’s agent based in Singapore may submit the PAN through MPA [email protected] For vessels which are not required to declare PAN, they will submit the revised declaration in the Notification of Arrival.

(For information about operations in Singapore, contact GAC Singapore at [email protected])

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.19 of 2019 dated 27 November 2019

Channel closure after explosion
Thursday, November 28, 2019, Neches River, United States

Due to an explosion, fire and air plume from Texas Petrochemical (TPC), the Captain of the Port (COTP), Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur has established a safety zone on the Neches River between Light 20 at FINA anchorage and Light 29 at PETCO Bend. No persons or vessels may enter, transit through or remain in the safety zone without the permission of the COTP.

As of 9 a.m., on scene-reports and weather conditions are such that vessels are being allowed to transit through the safety zone on a case-by-case basis. Vessels desiring to transit through the safety zone should contact the on-scene patrol vessel, or Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Port Arthur on VHF-FM Channel 65A or by phone at (409) 719-5070. Mariners should be prepared to alter their transit plans should conditions change.

This notice will be posted on the Coast Guard’s HOMEPAGE website at http://homeport.uscg.mil and the VTS website at https://www.atlanticarea.uscg.mil/vtsportarthur/. If you have any questions regarding this notice, please call VTS Port Arthur at (409) 719-7050 or the Operations Center at (409) 723-6500.

(For information about operations in the United States, contact GAC North America at [email protected])

Source: U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety United, Port Arthur, Texas, Marine Safety Information Bulletin 20-19 dated November 27, 2019

Typhoon Kammuri
Thursday, November 28, 2019, Philippines

At 10.00 hours local time today (28 November), Typhoon Kammuri was estimated to be 1,430 km east of Visayas at 11.9 deg. N, 138.8 deg. E. It has maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h near the centre and gusts of up to 150 km/h, and is moving west-northwest at 10 km/h.

Kammuri is forecast to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility between Saturday evening (30 November) and Sunday (01 December) morning.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #1 may be raised over the eastern portion of Bicol Region-Eastern Visayas area on Sunday. Disruption of maritime travel may be experienced in these areas. Steady intensification is likely throughout the forecast period.

Manila Harbour Centre terminal will suspend all discharging operations and may order the transfer to anchorage of all vessels at berth.

The outer rain bands of Kammuri may bring scattered rains and thunderstorms over Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas on Monday (2 December).

For information about operations in the Philippines contact GAC Philippines at [email protected]

Source: GAC

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