The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has kicked off the 2nd Maritime Safety Forum, as part of Safety@Sea Week 2015 happening from 17 to 21 August, to share and promote safety practices for the maritime community.
For the second year running, participants of the Maritime Safety Forum will have the opportunity to hear from various industry experts on navigation and shipboard safety, passenger ferries and cruise safety as well as the legal and insurance aspects of shipping. Prof. Richard Lim, Chairman of the newly established National Maritime Safety at Sea Council will be delivering the keynote address at the forum.
Since the launch of the Safety@Sea campaign in July last year, MPA has reached out to over 500 shipping companies and distributed some 2,000 information kits to shipmasters, containing posters and decals to promote safety at sea. MPA also organised regular briefing sessions to the shipping community to emphasise the importance of safe practices at sea.
The Safety@Sea campaign is a collaborative effort with the private sector and maritime industry. As part of the campaign, MPA formed working groups with different sectors of the industry, namely the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), pilotage service provider PSA Marine Pte Ltd (PSAM), operators of regional ferries and pleasure craft communities to enhance safety of navigation in the Port of Singapore.
The various working groups meet regularly to discuss safety issues and brainstorm new ideas to enhance safety of navigation. These sessions have led to a slew of practical measures implemented by MPA, such as the revision of Pilot Eastern Boarding Ground on 1 January 2015, to enhance the safety of vessel approaches to the Port of Singapore. Source: MPA