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Rules for navigating through the Straits of Malacca and Singapore

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    2 December 2019

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Vessels navigating in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore are required to comply with the ‘Rules For Vessels Navigating Through the Straits of Malacca and Singapore’ adopted by the International Maritime Organization’s Maritime Safety Committee at its sixty-ninth session in 1998, in accordance with the provision of Resolution A.858(20).

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore would like to remind all shipmasters including the Bridge Resource Management team in particular those on board deep draught vessels (DDVs1) and very large crude carriers (VLCCs2) transiting in the westbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme and precautionary areas of the Singapore Strait shall:
a) Allow for an under keel clearance of at least 3.5 metres at all times during the entire passage through the Straits of Malacca and Singapore
b) As far as it is safe and practicable, proceed at speed of not more than 12 knots over grounds in the westbound lanes between positions 01 deg. 12·51’N, 103 deg. 52·15’E and 01 deg. 11·59’N, 103 deg. 50·21’E and between position 01 deg. 11·13’N, 103 deg. 49·08’E and 01 deg. 08·65’N, 103 deg. 44·30’E. (Between South of St John’s Island to Raffles Lighthouse).

(For further details and information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com)

Source:  Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.20 of 2019

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