, September 26, 2023
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has issued a circular warning about reduced visibility and a business continuity plan for haze.
This circular was issued on 20 June 2023.
The Meteorological Service Singapore predicts warmer and drier conditions for Singapore and the region until October 2023, which may result in a haze situation.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) advises maritime communities, especially those with outdoor workers, to have a business continuity plan for haze.
MPA recommends that maritime companies monitor the PSI level through media and the National Environmental Agency's Haze website.
They should also maintain a one-week supply of N95 masks for outdoor workers and follow the Ministry of Manpower's Haze guidelines and advisory.
These guidelines include regular inspection of mask stocks to ensure they are usable and not expired.
During haze conditions, visibility in the Singapore Strait and port waters may be significantly reduced.
Shipmasters should exercise caution, maintain a proper lookout, and comply with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.
This includes following rules related to vessels' conduct, navigation lights, and sound signals in restricted visibility.
To prioritize safety, the Port Master has the authority to restrict the movement of harbor craft and pleasure craft in port waters when visibility is reduced.
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