Singapore vows to crack down on navigational errors

Singapore: The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has collaborated with the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) to organise the first in a series of dialogue sessions to the shipping community to reinforce the importance of the safety of navigation in the Singapore Strait and Singapore's port waters following the recent three collisions near the republic.
The dialogue session was attended by more than 100 representatives from the shipping community. The session covered the interim measures to be adopted, as well as reminders to the ships' crew on their responsibilities and practices on the safe navigation of their ships.
MPA is also in the final stages of developing a safe passage guide for all mariners navigating in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, in cooperation with the littoral states of Malaysia and Indonesia and BIMCO, which will be made available as soon as it is ready.
MPA will continue to engage the shipping community to raise their vigilance, the body said in a release, adding: “MPA will also take appropriate action against any parties that are found to be guilty of navigational safety lapses in the Singapore Strait and within our port waters.”  [14/02/14]

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