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Hot Port News from GAC

06-Dec-2019

WORKS AT VOPAK TERMINAL
Singapore

EXTENSION OF PORT DUES INCENTIVES ON USE OF LNG AS MARINE FUEL
Singapore

Works at Vopak Terminal
Friday, December 6, 2019, Singapore

The working period for works at Vopak Terminal (Pulau Sebarok) has been extended. The work will now be carried out from 10 Dec 2019 to 09 Jun 2020.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.124 of 2019, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays and Public Holidays – at Vopak Terminals Jetty 4 (Pulau Sebarok), within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01 deg. 12·194’N / 103 deg. 48·075’E
2) 01 deg. 12·169’N / 103 deg. 48·106’E
3) 01 deg. 12·162’N / 103 deg. 48·099’E
4) 01 deg. 12·187’N / 103 deg. 48·069’E

A crane barge will be used to carry out the replacement of a steel gangway structure.

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
a) Keep well clear and not to enter the working area;
b) Maintain a proper lookout;
c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68 (West Control);
and
e) Communicate with West Control on VHF Channel 68 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

Extension of port dues incentives on use of LNG as marine fuel
Friday, December 6, 2019, Singapore

Since 2017, two incentive programmes were introduced by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to encourage the use of LNG as a marine fuel in the Port of Singapore as follows:

A) 5-YEAR WAIVER OF CRAFT PORT DUES FOR LNG-FUELLED HARBOUR CRAFT

B) 10% Port Dues Concession for Green Port Programme (GPP) Vessels that engage LNG-fuelled Harbour Craft for Port Operations.

MPA reviewed the programmes and will extend both programmes by another 5 years, starting from 1 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2024, with changes made to the qualifying criteria on the concession scheme for GPP vessels calling the port of Singapore.

A) 5-Year Waiver of Craft Port Dues for LNG-fuelled Harbour Craft

This programme entitles LNG-fuelled harbour craft new buildings to a waiver of craft port dues for a period of 5 years…

Qualifying criteria
a) Applicable to LNG fuelled harbour craft1 new buildings.
b) Application for registration must be submitted by 31 Dec 2024.
c) Harbour craft must be mechanically propelled and the main engine(s) of

Period of waiver
a) 5 years from the licence commencement date

Registration
a) Facilitated via online registration process for new harbour craft licence in Marinet at https://marinet.mpa.gov.sg

Others
a) Waiver will be reflected in the craft port dues invoice at the beginning of each licence billing cycle.
b) LNG-fuelled harbour craft that either de-license as a harbour craft, or fail to renew their harbour craft licence within the 5-year period will not be eligible for the waiver for subsequent years.

B) 10% PORT DUES CONCESSION FOR GREEN PORT PROGRAMME VESSELS THAT ENGAGE LNG-FUELLED HARBOUR CRAFT FOR PORT OPERATIONS
This programme grants 10% port dues concession to Green Port Programme (GPP) registered vessels that are serviced by LNG-fuelled harbour craft during their port stay. This is in addition to the 25% port dues concession that GPP-registered vessels receive during their stay in the Port of Singapore.

Qualifying criteria
a) Applicable to GPP-registered vessels that engage an LNG-fuelled harbour craft for port operations.
b) GPP-registered vessel must use one of the following during their port stay of 5 days or less:
(i) Use LNG as a marine fuel in the Port of Singapore; or
(ii) Exceed current IMO’s Energy Efficiency Design Index (“EEDI”) requirements
c) In order for GPP vessel owners to enjoy the 10% port dues concession, the LNG-fuelled harbour craft operators are required to make daily declarations to verify that they serviced the respective GPP registered vessels. The declaration can be made through MARINET’s “Service information system for declaration (by LNG-fuelled harbour craft owners and operators)”.

Period of concession
a) 1 Jan 2020 till 31 Dec 2024.

Registration
For GPP-registered vessels
a) Shipowners/charterers should ensure that the requisite vessel registration and declarations under the GPP are made. Please refer to “Port Marine Circular No. 21 of 2019 (‘Enhancements and Extension of the Maritime Singapore Green Initiative – Green Port Programme’)” for more information on GPP registration and declarations.

For LNG-fuelled harbour craft operators
a) LNG-fuelled harbour craft operators serving the GPP vessels are required to register to the “Service Information System for Declarations” via MPA’s Marinet platform.

Others
a) The port dues concession enjoyed under this programme is capped at 10% regardless of the frequency the GPP-registered vessel is serviced by LNG-fuelled harbour craft during each port stay.
b) The 10% port dues concession is valid in addition to any other concessions enjoyed by the GPP-registered vessel.
c) The concession will be reflected in the port dues invoice for the particular port call.

For queries on these two programmes, please contact us at gpp@mpa.gov.sg

(For further details and information about operations in Singapore, contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com)

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Shipping Circular No.22 of 2019

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