• 2018 September 24 08:14

    International maritime community reaffirms cooperation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore

    More than 180 participants from around 80 maritime administrations and organisations, as well as embassies in Singapore, attended the 11th Co-operation Forum this morning, where they reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen cooperation in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS), MPA Singapore said in its press release.
     
    The Co-operation Forum is one of the three pillars of the Co-operative Mechanism on Safety of Navigation and Environmental Protection in the SOMS. It is the main avenue for the three littoral States (Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore) of the SOMS and the international maritime community to engage in dialogue, exchange information and share perspectives on important issues relating to the SOMS.
     
    Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore’s Co-ordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, opened the Co-operation Forum, held from 24 to 25 September 2018. Other maritime luminaries present included Mr Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General Emeritus of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Mr Francis Zachariae, Secretary-General of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA).
     
    In his opening address, Mr Khaw spoke about the importance of the keeping the SOMS open, safe and clean, to enable and facilitate global maritime trade. He also underscored the importance of the Co-operative Mechanism to fostering close cooperation among all stakeholders. “The Co-operative Mechanism is an important platform for the three littoral states (Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore), as well as all user states and stakeholders, to come together and address issues of common concern, and collaborate to enhance navigational safety and environmental protection in the SOMS,” said Mr Khaw.
     
    Discussion topics during the Forum centred on the developments, challenges and opportunities faced by the industry in enhancing the safety of navigation, and protection of the marine environment in the SOMS. Participants were invited to present their insights and exchange perspectives on a wide range of issues. These included the applications of technology in navigational safety, challenges and opportunities of e-navigation, prevention and preparedness for marine pollution and practical approaches on the protection of the marine environment.
     
    The Co-operation Forum is chaired and hosted on an annual rotational basis among the three littoral States of the SOMS. This year’s Forum is chaired by Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).
     
    Mr Tan’s counterparts, Mr Agus Purnomo, Director General of Sea Transportation, Ministry of Transportation, Republic of Indonesia and Dato’ Hj Baharin Bin Dato’ Abdul Hamid, Director General of Marine Department, Malaysia represented their respective States at the Forum.
     
    About the Co-operative Mechanism

    The Co-operative Mechanism was launched at the IMO-Singapore Meeting in September 2007 and focuses on navigational safety and environmental protection in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS). It consists of three pillars namely, the Co-operation Forum (CF), the Project Co-ordination Committee (PCC) and the Aids to Navigation Fund (ANF).
     
    The Project Co-ordination Committee (PCC), the second pillar of the Co-operative Mechanism, co-ordinates the implementation of Straits Projects to enhance navigational safety and environmental protection in the SOMS. Since its inception in 2007, the PCC has undertaken 13 Straits Projects involving collaborative efforts and partnerships between the littoral States and various stakeholders. Six projects are currently ongoing and making good progress. The 11th PCC meeting will be held on 28 September 2018.
     
    The Aids to Navigation Fund, the third pillar of the Co-operative Mechanism, is the main platform for the provision and maintenance of aids to navigation (AtoN) in the SOMS and plays an important role in ensuring a sustainable means of financing the upkeep of AtoNs that is critical to the safe navigation of ships in the SOMS. The ANF receives financial contributions from the international maritime community and to date, has received over US$23 million. The 21st ANF Committee meeting was held from 20 – 21 September 2018 in Malacca, Malaysia.


2019 February 19

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16:21 NIBULON shipbuilders finish constructing a series of POSS-115 Project tugs
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15:25 Wärtsilä’s propeller cap EnergoProFin listed in EcoAction Program
15:02 ICTSI's Matadi Gateway Terminal unlocks shipping system benefits
14:40 2nd conference on transportation of dangerous cargoes to address application of IMDG Code and ADR Agreement in Russia
14:02 Havyard to deliver ship design for further two cargo vessels for Royal Arctic Line
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13:02 GTT notified by Samsung Heavy Industries for the tank design of a new LNG carrier for Navigare
12:30 Gas4Sea partners and Equinor signed an LNG bunkering agreement
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11:43 International best practices are introduced at ASCO to protect sailors health
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2019 February 18

18:06 Algoma announces the Algoma Conveyor is headed for Canada
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16:26 VSC receives positive conclusion of state environmental expertise
16:02 Herbert-ABS releases HECSTAB Offshore
15:31 PPR 6 preview: IBIA working for sensible 2020 solutions at IMO meeting
15:02 Suez Canal extends its dry bulk vessels tolls reduction
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12:51 Nakhodka Trade Sea Port and Damen sign contract on delivery of tug by summer 2019
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11:53 World Maritime University signs MoU with Jordan Academy for Maritime Studies
11:30 Coastal fish assessments to continue in Baltic Sea with renewed HELCOM project
11:07 Fincantieri starts dry dock works on ultra-luxury cruise ship "Silver Moon"
10:55 Finnpilot Pilotage amendments its service terms during validity of winter assistance restrictions
10:26 ASCO is interested in cooperation with prominent shipping companies
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09:07 Panama Canal Board of Directors appoints new Canal Administrator and Deputy Administrator
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2019 February 17

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11:01 European ports welcome agreement on the European Maritime Single Window environment

2019 February 16

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