676 - 01/10 - Anchoring Update - Singapore/Malaysia
Presently there are still large concentrations of vessels at anchor outside the port limits (OPL) in the area around Singapore, these vessels are primarily anchored in two locations. The first area is in the western approach to Singapore in the proximity of the port of Tanjung Pelepas and the second is to the east of the Johore shoal buoy.
During the past few months many vessels have remained in these areas untroubled but there has been a recent increase in the number of investigations carried out by the Malaysian Marine Department (MMD), particularly onboard those vessels carrying out bunkering operations. Malaysian regulations allow the MMD to investigate vessels carrying out bunkering operations or ship-to-ship transfers so Members should be cautious when carrying out these operations in what they believe to be international waters.
Due to the geographic situation and the concentration of countries in the area around Singapore it is not possible for normal territorial waters (12 miles) to apply so the port limit of 3 miles is used as the territorial boundary. Despite this there have been a number of situations where local authorities have claimed 12 miles to allow bunkering and transfer operations to fall under their jurisdiction.
Members should act with caution in this area and consult their local agent or correspondent if in doubt.
Source of information:
You may also be interested in:
This bulletin briefly describe the physical properties of petcoke, the environmental implications of its discharge or loss at sea, the properties and effects of petcoke cleaning agents and some of the national and international policies relating to its disposal.
Our Americas Members often deal with contracts of carriage subject to the US Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (“COGSA”) and the Harter Act, this article addresses some frequently asked questions.
ICS publishes COVID-19 Legal, Liability and Insurance Issues arising from Vaccination of Seafarers
This Guidance addresses legal, liability and insurance issues that could potentially arise for shipowners from or in connection with vaccinations of crew for coronavirus (COVID-19).