Proper Practices of DG Shipping

A piece of detailed information is provided by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore with regard to DG shipping. In exercise of the powers conferred by section 41 of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Act, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, with the approval of the Minister for Transport, hereby makes the following Regulations:

Citation and commencement

  1. These Regulations may be cited as the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (Dangerous Goods, Petroleum and Explosives) Regulations 2005 and shall come into operation on 31st January 2005. Refer to the details provided below and these should be implemented on all dangerous goods, especially for DG shipping.

Definitions

2.—(1)  In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires —

“approved magazine” means any magazine constructed in accordance with the recommendations laid down by IMO;

“approved strong-room” means any strong-room or safe approved by the Authority for the safe-keeping of arms;

“approved wharf” means a wharf approved by the Authority for the purposes of these Regulations;

“arms” includes —

(a)       arms, air-guns, air-pistols, automatic guns, automatic pistols, or any other kind of gun from which —

(i)         a shot, bullet or other missiles can be discharged; or

(ii)        noxious fumes can be emitted,

and any component part of such arms; and

(b)       bayonets, swords, daggers, spears, and spearheads;

“authorized officer” means —

(a)       an employee of the Authority authorized by the Authority for the purposes of these Regulations;

(b)       a police officer or customs officer; or

(c)        any other person authorized by the Authority in writing for the purposes of these

 

Regulations

“certificate” means a certificate of freedom from flammable vapor issued by an Inspector of Petroleum under regulation 18;

“Class ‘A’ petroleum” means any petroleum the flash-point of which is less than 23 degrees Celsius and includes liquefied petroleum gas;

“Class ‘B’ petroleum” means any petroleum the flash-point of which is 23 degrees Celsius or more but less than 60 degrees Celsius;

“Class ‘C’ petroleum” means any petroleum the flash-point of which is 60 degrees Celsius or more;

“dangerous cargoes” —

(a)       means any of the following cargoes, whether packaged, carried in bulk packagings or in bulk:

(i)         oils covered by Annex I of MARPOL 73/78;

(ii)        gases covered by the Codes for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk;

(iii)       noxious liquid substances or chemicals, including wastes covered by the Codes for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk and Annex II of MARPOL 73/78;

(iv)       dangerous, hazardous and harmful substances, materials and articles, including environmentally hazardous substances (marine pollutants) and wastes, covered by the IMDG Code; or

(v)        solid bulk materials possessing chemical hazards and solid bulk materials hazardous only in bulk (MHBs) including wastes, covered by Appendix B of the Code of Safe Practice for Solid Bulk Cargoes; and

(b)       includes any empty uncleaned packagings (such as tank-containers, receptacles, intermediate bulk containers (IBCs), bulk packagings, portable tanks or tank vehicles) which previously contained dangerous cargoes unless the packagings have been —

(i)         sufficiently cleaned off the residue of the dangerous cargoes, and purged of vapors, so as to nullify any hazard; or

(ii)        filled with a non-dangerous substance;

“dangerous goods” means dangerous cargoes in packaged form;

“explosive” means any explosive within the meaning of the Arms and Explosives Act (Cap. 13);

“First Schedule dangerous goods” means any substance or article specified in the First Schedule;

“hot work” includes any repair or alteration involving chipping, grinding, drilling, riveting, welding, burning, or other fire, spark or heat-producing operation;

“IMDG Code” means the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code issued by IMO and such amendment thereto from time to time as may be adopted by Singapore;

“IMO” means the International Maritime Organisation; 

“in bulk” means a homogeneous cargo stored loose in a free-flowing tank and which must be handled by pumping;

“Inspector” means an inspector appointed under the Petroleum Act (Cap. 229) or an Inspector of Petroleum;

“Inspector of Dangerous Goods” means a person appointed as an Inspector of Dangerous Goods under regulation 69;

“Inspector of Explosives” means a person appointed as an Inspector of Explosives under the Arms and Explosives (Explosives) Rules (Cap. 13, R 2);

“Inspector of Petroleum” means a person appointed as an Inspector of Petroleum under regulation 27;

“MARPOL 73/78” means the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (including its protocols, annexes, and appendices) which constitutes attachment 1 to the final act of the International Conference on Marine Pollution signed in London on 2nd November 1973, as modified and added to by the Protocol of 1978;

“oil terminal” means any place having permanent means of loading or discharging petroleum, whether in bulk or packaged, into or from any vessel;

“petroleum” includes —

(a)       the liquids are commonly known by the names of Rock oil, Rangoon oil, Burma oil, kerosene, paraffin oil, petrol, gasoline, benzol, benzoline, benzine or Naptha; and

(b)       any like flammable liquid, which is —

(i)         a natural product;

(ii)        a product made from petroleum, coal, schist, shale or any other bituminous substance; or

(iii)       a by-product of a substance referred to in subparagraph (i) or (ii);

“terminal manager” means a terminal manager, any person in charge of a wharf, or a representative of the terminal manager or person in charge of the wharf.

(2)  In these Regulations, a reference to any special anchorage, petroleum anchorage, quarantine anchorage, immigration anchorage, explosives anchorage or dangerous goods anchorage means an anchorage —

(a)       designated as such under the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (Port) Regulations (Rg 7); or

(b)       declared as such by the Port Master under section 43(d) of the Act.

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