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* Singapore, all ports – Changes to bunkering Code & quality standards

* Australia, Port Kembla – Mine supervisors to strike 

DATE: November 15, 2012 COUNTRY: Singapore PORT: all ports Changes to bunkering Code & quality standards

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and SPRING Singapore’s Technical Committee for Bunkering, in consultation with the Singapore bunkering industry, had amended SS 600 [the Singapore Standard Code of Practice for Bunkering (SS 600:2008)] and SS 524 [the Singapore Standard Specification for Qaulity Management for Bunker Supply Chain (QMBS)(SS 524:2006)].
The amendments adopted the latest edition of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 82171 and its test reporting requirements as a benchmark. The amendments also tighten the quality of bunker deliveries and aligned the two standards to ensure their relevance in today’s evolving business environment….
….From 1 Jan 2013, MPA requires all bunker deliveries and bunker surveys in the Port of Singapore to adhere to SS 600 and its amendments. An original copy of the SS 600 and its amendments shall be made available on board every bunker tanker for reference by the parties concerned.
Bunker suppliers shall liaise with their certification body accredited by the Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC) for quality management system (QMS) to certify their compliance with SS 524 and its amendments in the next annual surveillance or re-certification audit, whichever is earlier.
Shipowners/bunker buyers, charterers, operators and shipping agents are strongly urged to adhere to the requirements and procedures of SS 600 when their vessels call at Singapore for bunkering.
(For further details and information about operations in Singapoire contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com)
Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.10 of 2012 dated 13 November 2012

DATE: November 15, 2012 COUNTRY: Australia PORT: Port Kembla Mine supervisors to strike

According to local media reports, supervisors at Illawarra Coal’s Appin Mine – which supplies the terminal at Port Kembla – will start a two-week strike tomorrow (16 November).
The strike comes after months of failed pay negotiations.
Illawarra Coal is a subsidiary of BHP Billiton.
For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

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