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Singapore Port Authority Increases Security

By doina — last modified Dec 18, 2007 07:35 PM

Published: 2007-12-18 19:35:57
Countries: Singapore

In recent months the MPA (Maritime and Port Authority) of Singapore has introduced new regulations for cruising yachts in what they say is an effort to “enhance the safety and security of the port and vessels calling in Singapore” largely in response to recent years’ perceived increased threat from terrorism.

One measure which came into effect from 1 July 2007 is that visiting yachts must obtain cruising permits in order to cruise within Port of Singapore waters, including moving between marinas. In order to qualify for the permit, the visiting yacht must be fitted with an IMO AIS transponder or a Harbour Craft Transponder System (HARTS) transponder.

Owners whose visiting yachts are not fitted with transponders may rent one from one of the following marinas: Raffles Marina, Republic of Singapore Yacht Club, Keppel Bay, One 15 Marina, Changi Sailing Club, Marina Country Club and SAF Yacht Club (Sembawang). Rental fees are S$60 for the initial 3 days and $15 per day for each subsequent day thereafter plus a deposit of $300.

An application form for a cruising permit must be submitted to the Port Master (via fax no. 6224 5776) at least 6 hours before the commencement of any intra-port activity. Note that if renting a transponder the marina will have to complete a section of the form. For more information contact the MPA Port Master on Tel. 6325 2453, Fax. 6325 2425. Forms are available from the MPA website http://www.mpa.gov.sg/circulars_and_notices/pdfs/pc07-03.pdf

In a related move, it appears that the Singapore Immigration Authority is negotiating with marinas for dedicated clearance berths to be designated.

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