Strike Alert: Singapore takes a tough stance to the enforcement of sulphur regulations
Singapore is the world's largest bunkering port in terms of volume, supplying over 49 million tonnes in 2018. In fact, just 6 countries including Singapore supply around 60% of the world's demand for bunkers.
Singapore has indicated that it will be adopting a tough stance when it comes to enforcement of the IMO's sulphur cap regulations (which will enter into force on 1 January 2020).
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has warned that aside from monetary fines, the master and owners of a vessel run the risk of arrest for non-compliance with the IMO regulations. The MPA has also advised that enforcement of the new regulations will be carried out as part of regular flag and port state control inspections.
The MPA has released a guide for ships calling at the port of Singapore which is available here.