Article courtesy of Channel News Asia | February 21, 2014 | Shared as educational material
SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Transport (MOT) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) take a serious view of any oil spill in Singapore waters.
Under the Prevention of the Pollution of the Sea Act (PPSA), MPA will take the necessary enforcement measures to bring the responsible parties to task if investigations reveal that an oil spillage resulted from a culpable act or an omission.
Depending on the circumstances of a case, the responsible party may be prosecuted.
Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim said this in Parliament on Friday.
He was responding to Nominated Member of Parliament Faizah Jamal, who wanted to know the steps that the authorities are taking against those responsible for oil spills in Singapore waters.
Associate Professor Faishal also said that MOT and MPA have worked with various stakeholders to take swift action in cleaning up the oil spill caused by the three vessel collisions in late January and early February this year.
MPA is conducting thorough investigations to determine the circumstances leading to the collisions and the subsequent oil spills, and will take appropriate actions against the responsible parties.
Findings of the investigations and the lessons learned will be disseminated to the shipping community to prevent such incidents from recurring.
In the interim, measures are being taken to reinforce safety in Singapore waters, including briefings to the shipping community.
The authorities are also working with a few countries and organizations to develop a safe passage guide for mariners navigating the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.
Dr Faishal said Singapore reports every incident in its waters to the International Maritime Organization.
It also works closely with other countries and organizations that promote marine life and the environment.