No. S 134
Prevention of Pollution of the Sea Act
Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Air) Regulations 2005
In exercise of the powers conferred by section 34 of the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea Act, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, with the approval of the Minister for Transport, hereby makes the following Regulations:
2. In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires —
“Annex I” means Annex I to the Convention which contains regulations for the prevention of pollution by oil and which is set out in the First Schedule to the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Oil) Regulations 2006 (G.N. No. S 685/2006);
“Annex II” means Annex II to the Convention which contains regulations for the control of noxious liquid substances in bulk and which is set out in the First Schedule to the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk) Regulations 2006 (G.N. No. S 686/2006);
“Annex III” means Annex III to the Convention which contains regulations for the control of harmful substances carried in packaged form;
“Annex V” means Annex V to the Convention which contains regulations for the prevention of pollution by garbage;
“Annex VI” means Annex VI to the Convention which contains regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships and which is set out in the First Schedule;
“authorised organisation” means an organisation authorised by regulations made under section 116 of the Merchant Shipping Act (Cap. 179) for the purposes of surveying ships and issuing certificates under Part V of that Act;
“IAPP Certificate” means an International Air Pollution Prevention Certificate issued under regulation 6 of Annex VI by the Administration of any Contracting Party to the Convention;
“IMO” or “Organization” means the International Maritime Organization;
“SAPP Certificate” means a Singapore Air Pollution Prevention Certificate issued by the Director or an authorised organisation under regulation 8.
—(1) Annex VI shall, subject to these Regulations, have the force of law in Singapore.
(2) A provision of Annex VI interpreted or explained by a provision of these Regulations shall be read as having the same meaning attributed by that provision.
(3) For the purpose of regulation 1 of Annex VI, reference to “all ships” in that regulation shall be read as a reference to —
Singapore ships; and
other ships while they are in Singapore waters,
and these Regulations shall apply to such ships.
4. The Director may grant exemptions from all or any of these Regulations including Annex VI (as may be specified in the exemption) for classes of cases or individual cases on such terms as he may specify and may, subject to giving reasonable notice, alter or cancel any such exemption.
—(1) Except where provided in these Regulations, for the purposes of these Regulations, references to the Administration and to officer of the Administration shall be read as references to the Director and the surveyor of ships respectively and references to the nominated surveyor or recognised organisation shall be read as references to an authorised organisation respectively.
(2) For the purposes of regulation 6 of Annex VI, references to the Administration shall be read as a reference to the Director and references to persons or organisations duly authorised by the Administration shall be read as references to authorised organisations respectively.
(3) For the purpose of regulations 11 and 18 and Appendix VI of Annex VI, references to the Administration, appropriate authorities or competent authority shall be read as references to the Authority.
—(1) A ship to which these Regulations apply shall be subject, in Singapore waters, to inspection by a surveyor of ships.
(2) Any such inspection shall be limited to verifying that there is on board in relation to that ship a valid IAPP Certificate in the form prescribed by the Convention or a valid SAPP Certificate unless there are clear grounds for believing that the condition of the ship or its equipment does not correspond substantially with the particulars of that Certificate.
(3) In the case referred to in paragraph (2), or if the ship does not carry a valid Certificate, the surveyor of ships shall take such steps as he may consider necessary to ensure that the ship shall not sail until it can proceed to sea without presenting an unreasonable threat of harm to the atmosphere or sea.
(4) The Director may in such a case permit the ship to proceed to the nearest appropriate repair yard.
(5) Upon receiving evidence that a particular ship has emitted any of the substances covered by Annex VI in violation of the provisions of these Regulations, the Director shall cause the matter to be investigated by an inspector and shall inform the State which has reported the contravention as well as IMO, of the action taken.
(6) The Director may also cause a ship other than a Singapore ship to be inspected by an inspector when it enters Singapore waters if a request for an investigation is received from any State which is a Party to the Convention together with sufficient evidence that the ship has emitted any of the substances covered by Annex VI in violation of the provisions of these Regulations in any place.
(7) The report of such investigation may be sent to the State requesting the investigation and the State in which the ship is registered.
—(1) The master of every ship of 400 gross tonnage and above shall produce to the Port Master, at the time a clearance for the ship is demanded for a voyage from Singapore to a port or place outside Singapore waters, the IAPP Certificate to be in force when the ship proceeds to sea.
(2) A clearance shall not be granted, and the ship may be detained, until the IAPP Certificate is so produced.
8. The Director or an authorised organisation shall, after a survey in accordance with the provisions of regulation 5 of Annex VI which relates to all ships of 400 gross tonnage and above which operate within Singapore waters and are not engaged in voyages to ports or offshore terminals under the jurisdiction of other Parties to the Convention, issue in relation to that ship a SAPP Certificate in such form as the Director may determine.
9. If any ship fails to comply with any requirement of these Regulations, the owner and the master of the ship shall each be guilty of an offence and shall each be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both.
10. The fees specified in the Second Schedule shall be payable to the Director in respect of the services provided by the Director specified in that Schedule.
[MPA 46/06.C11.V01/JL; AG/LEG/SL/243/2003/1 Vol. 2]