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Singapore tightens requirments for vessels with DG cargo

The Third Schedule to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (Dangerous Goods, Petroleum and Explosives) Regulations 2005 has announced the maximum quantities of First Schedule dangerous goods that may remain onboard vessels within the port limits at any container berth of Jurong Port, PSA, at conventional berth, as well as at the Tuas Jetty or the Sudong Explosive Anchorage.

In addition, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) requires cargoes containing ammonium nitrate or ammonium nitrate fertilisers under International Maritime Organization (IMO) Class 5.1 to be packed in containers, following regulation 42 of the Regulations.

Moreover, pursuant to regulation 40(1)(c) of the Regulations whereby additional information relating to dangerous cargoes may be required by the Port Master from time to time, the Port Master requires that a Certificate of Analysis be submitted to the Authority before the vessel arrival in port or loading of dangerous cargoes.

The Certificate must clearly state the percentage of total combustible matter, including organic matter calculated as carbon and it also must be submitted to obtain the Port Master’s permission, under regulation 44(4)(b) of the Regulations, for the loading of dangerous goods onto a vessel.

The abovementioned requirements have taken effect from 1 December.

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