The Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has cautioned vessels in its maritime space over excessive smoke emissions at the port’s waters.

The authority in a circular on Tuesday reminded  ship masters and owners to take all necessary measures to prevent their vessels from emitting excessive soot, ash, or dark smoke from engine exhaust and/or ancillary shipboard machineries throughout the duration of vessel stay in port.

 

The MPA said it took a serious view of vessels emitting excessive smoke that could adversely affect air quality and warned that it take stern action against offenders.

It noted that “take all necessary measures to prevent their vessels from emitting excessive soot, ash, or dark smoke from engine exhaust and/or ancillary shipboard machineries throughout the duration of vessel stay in port”.

It quoted regulation 66 of its port regulations that: “No person may cause smoke, soot, ash or grit to be emitted from a vessel in such quantity or density as may, in the opinion of the Authority, be a nuisance.”

Offenders can be prosecuted in court and fined up to SGD5, 000 if convicted.

The statement reads in bits: ‘’The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) would like to remind ship masters and owners of vessels .

 

‘’MPA takes a serious view of vessels emitting excessive smoke as it can adversely affect the air quality in the atmosphere. MPA will take sternaction against offenders.

‘’MPA would also like to draw the attention of ship masters and owners of craft in the port to Regulation 66 of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (Port)

The Regulations which states that No person may cause smoke, soot, ash or grit to be emitted from a vessel insuch quantity or density as may, in the opinion of the Authority, be a nuisance.”

Failure to comply with the said regulation is an offence for which offenders can be prosecuted in Court. If convicted, offenders may be fined up to $5,000.

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