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New port tariff released
Thursday, December 5, 2019, Marmara, Turkey

The new BOTAS Marmara Ereglisi port tariff has been announced in the Official Gazzette and will come into force from 18 December 2019.

For details of the new tariff, and information about operations in Turkey, contact GAC Turkey at [email protected]

Enhancements & extension of Maritime Singapore Green initiative – Green Port Programme
Thursday, December 5, 2019, Singapore

The Green Port Programme (“GPP”) is one of the programmes under the Maritime Singapore Green Initiative (“MSGI”) to encourage environmental sustainability amongst ocean-going vessels calling at the Port of Singapore.

Following a review of the MSGI, the GPP will be enhanced and extended to further promote environmental sustainability within the port. The enhancements to the GPP are as follows:

(i) 25% port dues reduction will apply to ocean-going vessels that:
a. Use LNG as a marine fuel in the Port of Singapore; or
b. Exceed current IMO’s Energy Efficiency Design Index (“EEDI”) requirements (new item)

(ii) 25% port dues reduction will no longer apply to ocean-going vessels that:
a. Use clean fuels with a sulphur content of ≤ 0.50% m/m; or
b. Use approved abatement/scrubber technology by which equivalent levels of sulphur oxide are achieved.

The enhancements to GPP will come into effect on 1 Jan 2020, and the GPP will be extended till 31 Dec 2024.

To participate in the GPP, shipowners/charterers should ensure that their vessels are pre-registered under the GPP (via the Marinet) prior to calling the Port of Singapore. A step-by-step guide for registering of vessels under the GPP can be found in Annex I of this circular.

For every arrival call to the Port of Singapore, the vessel shall declare in the Pre-Arrival Notification form (“PAN”) whether she will be participating in the GPP. A copy of the revised version of the PAN is given in Annex II. Users can also download the latest version of PAN from

Following the expiry of the existing qualifying criteria of GPP on 31 Dec 2019, all existing ocean-going vessels registered under the GPP will be removed. Shipowners / charterers who wish to have their vessels listed under the GPP again would have to register under Marinet.

For shipowners/charterers that wish to opt out of the GPP can do so via Marinet.

Participants in the GPP should note the following terms and conditions:

(i) The GPP is only valid for ocean-going vessels. This port dues reduction is not applicable to MPA licensed harbour or pleasure craft.

(ii) To qualify for the 25% reduction in port dues (throughout entire port stay of 5 days or less), the following must be adhered to:
a) Vessels exceeding current IMO Energy Efficiency Design Index (“IMO EEDI”) requirements. Supporting documents demonstrating that the vessel exceeds current IMO EEDI requirements should be kept for a period of at least one year from the date of declaration and made available to MPA upon request.
b) Vessels using LNG should initiate the switch to LNG for the main engine and auxiliary engine before entering Singapore Port Limits. The use of LNG should be maintained throughout the port stay to qualify for the concession. The switch over from LNG should only be initiated after leaving Singapore Port Limits. Vessels should maintain the information listed in Annex III for at least one year from the date of declaration. Copies of supporting documents such as the daily consumption record, relevant bunker delivery note(s), and engine records shall be made available to MPA upon request.

(iii) Vessels under the current annual port dues scheme may participate and enjoy the port dues reduction of 25% for entire port stay of 5 days or less. Vessels must adhere to what is laid out in para 8 (ii) a) and b) above. In the event of non-compliance for any call, the entire reduction in annual port dues will be withdrawn and the owner/agent will be required to refund the reduction.

The GPP port dues reduction is valid in addition to any other concessions enjoyed by the vessels.

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Shipping Circular No.21 of 2019

Source: GAC

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