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Guide underway for mariners navigating in straits of Malacca and S'pore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is in the final stages of developing a safe passage guide for all mariners navigating in the Strait of Malacca and the Singapore Strait.

SINGAPORE: The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is in the final stages of developing a safe passage guide for all mariners navigating in the Strait of Malacca and the Singapore Strait.

MPA said it is cooperating with the littoral states of Malaysia and Indonesia and BIMCO on coming up with the guide, which will be made available as soon as it is ready.

The authority gave the update after it conducted the first of a series of navigational safety dialogue sessions with the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) to the shipping community on Thursday, following three marine collisions recently over a span of 13 days in Singapore waters.

More than 100 representatives from the shipping community, who have direct channels to convey the safety messages to the ship masters and officers, attended the dialogue.

MPA said the session covered the interim measures that will be adopted to minimise future marine incidents.

Ships' crews were also reminded about their responsibilities and practices on the safe navigation of their ships.

MPA said it would also take appropriate action against any parties that are found to be guilty of navigational safety lapses in the Singapore Strait and within Singapore's port waters. 

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