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April 30, 2004

Singapore port offers incentive for ISPS compliance

Ships that comply with the International Maritime Organization's (IMO's) International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code before the July 1, 2004 deadline will receive a 5% rebate on port dues when they call at the Singapore port.

Between May 1, 2004 and June 30, 2004, ships that produce a valid International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC) or a statement of compliance with the ISPS Code issued by the flag State, before arrival or during its stay in port, will qualify for the 5% discount on port dues.ith the ISPS Code early.

The incentive was announced by MPA Senior Director Lee Seng Kong, at the close of the 8th ASEAN Maritime Transport Working Group Meeting(1) held from 28-29 April 04.

"Maritime security is not an issue that any one nation can address on its own," noted Lee. It requires co-operation and concerted efforts from countries around the world. The various discussions and workshops that have been organised under the ambit of ASEAN, including this Working Group and the first ASEAN Forum on IMO Conventions held earlier this week, highlight the importance for the MPA to work with its maritime counterparts to put in place the required maritime security regime."

Singapore's ships and port facilities are on track to comply with the ISPS Code by July 1, 2004. To date, all Singapore port facilities serving passenger ships and cargo ships of 500GT and above have been issued with Statements of Compliance of a Port Facility (SoCPF). PSA Corporation and Sembawang Shipyard were among the first to have their facilities security certified.

About 85% of Singapore-flagged required to comply with the ISPS Code have either attained their security certificates, submitted their security plans or had them approved.

Neptune Shipmanagement Services Pte Ltd (NSSPL) was the first company in Singapore to have its fleet of 31 Singapore-flagged containerships comply with the ISPS Code. More recently, Lloyd's Register of Shipping (LRS) became the first Recognised Security Organization (RSO) to have certified more than 100 Singapore-registered vessels.

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