The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has stepped up its safety checks and measures under the ambit of the Safety[email protected] Singapore Campaign.
"With the onset of the Northeast Monsoon season, which may prevail up to March 2019, occurrences of moderate to heavy thunder storms, strong winds and choppy seas can increase the risks at sea," warns MPA.
MPA urges all port users and members of public who are travelling by ferry or cruise to exercise care when on board, and to remain vigilant and safe at sea. Passengers should also be mindful of the basic safety practices, especially during the festive peak season.
MPA’s measures will focus on seafarers and sea-going passengers to guard against complacency, ensure safety standards, and maintain a safety-first culture.
Shipping companies, vessel masters, ferry and cruise terminal operators, as well as individual seafarers and passengers can play a significant role in preventing incidents at sea. “Never take safety at sea for granted. Be ever watchful and vigilant so that we do not unwittingly put ourselves and our colleagues in hazardous situations,” said Prof (Adj) RADM (Ret) Richard Lim, Chairman of the National Maritime Safety At Sea Council.
Gavin Lim of Sailor’s Society (Singapore) said, “The well-being of seafarers is key to safety. High morale will increase alertness and wellness. We encourage ship owners to consider providing extra funding for festive special meals or additional wi-fi access on board for the seafarers to connect with their families.”