Singapore invokes maritime restrictions Jun 10-13 during US-North Korea summit
Singapore Maritime and Port Authority announced a prohibition and restriction on vessel transiting, anchoring or remaining in certain demarcated areas of the port waters, a port circular showed.
These regulations applies over the June 10-13 period, in line with the enhanced security in Singapore due to the Summit between US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on June 12, a historical and landmark event that could potentially lead to the easing of international sanctions on North Korea, and allow Pyongyang to trade minerals and fuel in the international energy markets.
The delegates for the Summit will convene at The Capella, Sentosa.
From June 10, 0700 hours to June 13, 2359 hours local time, the port master prohibits all vessels from transiting, anchoring or remaining in the demarcated areas at Selat Sengkir, Keppel Harbour, Cruise Bay and off Sentosa Coast.
From June 12, 0001 hrs to June 13, 2359 hours local time, the port master has enforced restricted movement of vessels at the Sisters Fairway, part of Western Anchorage and Buran Channel for all vessels except for approved regional ferries. Vessels transiting the Buran Channel are required to provide notification at least two hours prior to their transit and the vessels may be subjected to security checks.
The restricted area off the western coast of Sentosa includes the Western anchorage, which is next to the Western Petroleum anchorages A and B.
A shipowner source said the Western anchorages were a popular location for tankers due to the proximity to the petroleum infrastructure such as Jurong Island.
Masters and agents were advised to take into account the prohibition and restriction in their planning and to avoid these areas as far as practicable.
Limiting the mobility and access of vessels in a busy oil and petrochemical trading hub like Singapore can present challenges to loading and delivery schedules from time to time.