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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has reported a ‘high degree of compliance with IMO 2020’ since the regulations came into force on 1 January – and most of the dozen or so ships that were not in compliance were using fuel that only ‘marginally’ exceeded the sulphur limit.

In a statement issued today, the port authority said: ‘In the first quarter of 2020, MPA conducted a total of 326 Port State Control (PSC) and Flag State Control (FSC) inspections in the Port of Singapore. During these inspections, MPA found 12 ships, which were not fitted with scrubbers, using fuel that marginally exceeded the sulphur limit. This was likely due to remnant residues of high-sulphur fuel in the fuel oil tanks and piping. It is expected that in time, the fuel oil tanks and piping will be properly flushed with the continual use of compliant fuel. MPA had informed the respective managers and flag administrations of these ships about the non-compliance.

‘Additionally, two foreign-registered ships were found to be using non-compliant fuel. They were each issued a PSC detention order, and were only allowed to depart from the Port of Singapore after it was verified that they had switched to using compliant fuel.’

Goh Chung Hun, MPA’s Director of Marine, commented: ‘By engaging the industry proactively, providing the necessary technical guidance and maintaining an adequate supply of compliant fuel in Singapore, we have ensured a high degree of compliance with IMO 2020 sulphur regulations. Singapore will continue to play its part to make shipping clean and sustainable.’

As previously reported by Bunkerspot, Singapore is one of the ports which have prohibited the discharge of wash water from open-loop scrubbers, and the MPA said that ‘no ship installed with an open-loop scrubber was found to be operating its scrubber in the Port of Singapore’. The MPA also noted that: ‘Amongst the small number of Singapore-registered ships installed with scrubbers, there were 31 reports of scrubber malfunction as at 29 February 2020.’




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