Thursday, 13 February 2014

Three Collisions In A Span Of 13 Days

Singapore 'gravely concerned' over spate of ship collisions


“MPA (Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore) is gravely concerned about the recent incidents in Singapore’s waters,” said Andrew Tan, chief executive of the MPA

The Singapore authorities say they are “gravely concerned” about three accidents in the country’s waters in less than 14 days that led to oil spills, and is starting a series of briefings with the local shipping community to promote navigational safety

In response the MPA is rolling out a series of briefings with the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) targeted at shipowners, ship managers, ship charterers and shipping agents from this week.

“We are working with the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) to take immediate steps to raise the level of awareness of navigational safety in the shipping community, Tan said

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Singapore authorities call for raised awareness of navigation safety


MPA will conduct briefings to the shipping community to reinforce the importance of the safety of navigation in the Singapore Strait and within Singapore port waters

Following three recent collisions in Singapore waters, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is conducting investigations to determine the cause of each collision and if there were systemic issues that need to be addressed. While awaiting the outcome of these investigations, MPA will implement several measures with immediate effect to minimize future marine incidents.

MPA will also promulgate Port Marine and Shipping Circulars to the shipping and harbour craft communities, emphasising the importance of navigational safety and to maintain vigilance whilst navigating, while The Port Operations Control Centre (POCC) will also initiate broadcasts on the importance of safe navigation and vigilance in the Singapore Strait and within Singapore port waters.

"MPA is gravely concerned about the recent incidents in Singapore's waters. We are working with the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) to take immediate steps to raise the level of awareness of navigational safety in the shipping community. MPA is committed to ensuring the safety of navigation in our waters and will work closely with our partners in the shipping community to reinforce this. MPA is also enhancing its navigational alerts to provide ship masters and pilots to help improve their situational awareness, pending the outcome of the investigations into these incidents," said Andrew Tan, MPA's chief executive.

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MPA investigating causes of three recent marine collisions


The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is conducting investigations to determine the causes of three recent marine collisions and if there are systemic issues that need to be addressed.

The three collisions happened in a span of 13 days - on Jan 29, Jan 30 and Feb 10.

MPA said it will implement several measures with immediate effect to minimise future marine incidents while awaiting the outcome of the investigations.


MPA's newly-appointed CEO Andrew Tan Kok Kiong says he is "gravely concerned" about the spate of ship collisions in Singapore's congested waters
Seatrade Global, 12 Feb 2014
“MPA (Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore) is gravely concerned about the recent incidents in Singapore’s waters,” said Andrew Tan, chief executive of the MPA.

“We are working with the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) to take immediate steps to raise the level of awareness of navigational safety in the shipping community, Tan said.

“MPA is committed to ensuring the safety of navigation in our waters and will work closely with our partners in the shipping community to reinforce this. MPA is also enhancing its navigational alerts to provide ship masters and pilots to help improve their situational awareness, pending the outcome of the investigations into these incidents.” Full story

Related: Andrew Tan Kok Kiong to head MPA from 1 January 2014

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Three Oil Spills in Two Weeks Foul Singapore’s Waters


A containership and a chemical tanker collided in the Singapore Strait Monday afternoon, spilling some 80 metric tonnes of bunker fuel, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore reports. This is the third ship collision in Singaporean waters within the past two weeks that has resulted in an oil spill.

Monday’s collision between the departing Liberia-flagged containership Hammonia Thracium and the Panama-flagged chemical tanker Zoey occurred in the busy Singapore Strait, off Sebarok Island, about 10 kilometers (six miles) south of mainland Singapore.

Before the incident, MPA’s Port Operations Control Center says it provided traffic information to the two vessels and alerted the Zoey that the vessel Hammonia Thracium was crossing the traffic lane.

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Third collision in twelve days off Singapore



The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) received a report this afternoon of a collision which had occurred between departing containership "Hammonia Thracium" and chemical tanker "Zoey" in the Singapore Strait.

The incident happened off Sebarok Island, about 10km south of mainland Singapore, around 15:35 today. Prior to the incident, the MPA provided traffic information to the two vessels and alerted Zoey that the vessel Hammonia Thracium was crossing the traffic lane. Hammonia Thracium reported damage to a bunker tank resulting in spillage of around 80 metric tonnes of bunker fuel.

After receiving notice of the incident, the MPA dispatched four patrol craft to deal with the spillage supported by oil spill response companies.


THIRD SHIP COLLISION IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AT SINGAPORE PORT SPILLS 80 MT FUEL


A ship collision in Singapore late Monday has spilled some 80 mt of bunker fuel in the port, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said in a statement.

The MPA said that it had received a report of the collision of the departing Liberia-flagged container ship Hammonia Thracium and the Panama-flagged chemical tanker Zoey in the Singapore Strait, off Sebarok Island, about 10 km south of the city state on Monday afternoon.

The Hammonia Thracium reported damage to one of its bunker tanks, resulting in spillage of some 80 mt of bunker fuel. Upon notification, the MPA immediately dispatched four patrol craft to deal with the spillage.


3 ship ‘contacts’ in Singapore port in less than 2 weeks


Another ship collision occurred yesterday (10 Jan)

The MPA said that it had received a report yesterday of the collision of Liberia-flagged container ship Hammonia Thracium and the Panama-flagged chemical tanker Zoey in the Singapore Strait, off Sebarok Island, about 10 km south of Singapore.

As a result of the collision, some 80 mt of bunker fuel was spilled into the strait due to damage to one of the bunker tanks sustained by Hammonia Thracium.

Upon notification, MPA said that it immediately dispatched four patrol craft to deal with the spillage.

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Spill after containership and chem tanker collide in Singapore Strait

A containership collided with a chemical tanker in the Singapore Strait this afternoon resulting in a bunker spill, the third such collision in recent weeks.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) a Liberian-flagged containership Hammoia Thracium leaving the port and a Panama-flagged chemical tanker Zoey collided off Seborak Island at around 1535hrs local time.

“Hammonia Thracium reported that one of her bunker tanks sustained damage, resulting in spillage of some 80 metric tonnes of bunker fuel,” MPA said. Four patrol craft were dispatched to deal with the spill and oil spill response companies were also activated the authorities said.

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Another expression coined by Government agency – ‘Contact’

A TRE reader sent in the following recent press release from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) about a collision between 2 ships in Singapore waters on 30 January 2014. Even though MPA did say it was a “collision” involving the 2 ships in its press release, they chose to use the word “contact” in the title.

The reader said, “The funny thing is MPA has coined a new word for COLLISION. It is the word CONTACT. It is not known why MPA chose to use the word “contact” to describe a collision. Perhaps MPA is trying to play down the collision of the 2 ships so as to safeguard its international reputation?

What do you think?

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Second vessel collision off Singapore
The incident happened less than 12 hours after a chemical tanker smashed into a boxship 2.7 km, south of Jurong Island

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has reported that this morning at 0414hrs is received a report that a Panama-flagged containership, "NYK Themis", had collided into a barge "AZ Fuzhou”.

The incident happened about 4 km south of Marina South in the East Keppel Fairway, as the barge was being towed by tug "AZ Carnation”. The MPA said that its Port Operations Control Centre had informed NYK Themis of the presence of AZ Fuzhou in the fairway.

A bunker tank on NYK Themis sustained damage resulting in some spillage of bunker fuel. MPA has dispatched four craft to deal with the spill and has engaged oil spill response companies support the clean up efforts.


Another Singapore port crash sees boxship and barge collide


A Panama-flagged container ship has collided into a barge in Singapore waters in the early hours of Thursday, making it the second collision in the port following an earlier accident that involved a chemical tanker and a boxship on Wednesday.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said the containership NYK Themis hit the barge AZ Fuzhou at East Keppel Fairway at about 4km south of Marina South on Thursday at 0410 hours local time. The barge was being towed by tug AZ Carnation at the time.

“NYK Themis reported that one of her bunker tankers sustained damage, resulting in some spillage of bunker fuel,” MPA said.


Chemical tanker smashes into boxship off Singapore


At 1830 hrs last night the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) received a report that the departing Hong Kong-flagged chemical tanker, Lime Galaxy had collided with the arriving China-flagged container ship, Feihe, some 2.7 km, south of Jurong Island.

Feihe reported that one of her bunker tanks sustained damage, resulting in some spillage of bunker fuel. Upon notification, MPA immediately dispatched three patrol craft to deal with the spill. Oil spill response companies were also activated to support the clean up efforts.

The two vessels involved in the collision are currently safely anchored and in stable condition. MPA has issued navigational broadcasts to ships to navigate with caution when in the vicinity of the incident site. There is no report of injury, and traffic in the port and the Strait of Singapore remain unaffected.


Chemical tanker and boxship collide in Singapore


A chemical tanker and a container ship collided in Singapore waters on Wednesday, resulting in some spillage of bunker fuel, according to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

The Hong Kong-flagged chemical tanker Lime Galaxy collided with the China-flagged container ship Feihe at about 2.7km south of Jurong Island at 1830 hours local time yesterday.

Feihe reported that one of its bunker tankers sustained damage, leading to the spillage of bunker fuel, MPA said. The local port authority has dispatched three patrol craft to deal with the oil spill, and oil spill responses companies were activated to support the clean up efforts.