Spica Singapore


200 Cantonment Road
#13-03, Southpoint
Singapore 089763

Phone: (65) 6225 5711
Fax: (65) 6221 2053
Email: claims@spica.com.sg

After Office Hours Contact:

Dughall Aitken
(65) 9625 8986

Thomas Larsen
(65) 9155 7719

Abdul Rahman
(65) 9679 8503

Aung Myo Myat Naing
(65) 9731 2195

Shivani Raswan
(65) 9297 0690

Mani Vanan
(65) 9169 6800

Linda Soh
(65) 9730 8069

Bunker Issues in Singapore

We are currently experiencing less issues requiring attendance on board vessels, but we still encourage all Member to be vigilant regarding this issues and also let us know as soon as possible, if a surveyor is needed in Singapore.

The MPA have given this update that you can find on their website.

05 May 2022

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was notified on 14 March 2022 that a number of ships had been supplied with High Sulphur Fuel Oil (HSFO) containing high concentration levels of Chlorinated Organic Compounds (COC) (1,2-Dichloroethane, Tetrachloroethylene) in the Port of Singapore. MPA has conducted investigations and identified the source of the contamination.

The HSFO containing high concentrations of COC was traced back to fuel purchased by Glencore Singapore Pte Ltd (Glencore) in January and February 2022. Glencore had purchased the fuel through Straits Pinnacle Pte Ltd (Straits Pinnacle), which had contracted its supply from Unicious Energy Pte Ltd (Unicious). The contaminated HSFO was loaded at the Port of Khor Fakkan, United Arab Emirates (UAE) onto a tanker and shipped to floating storage facilities in Tanjong Pelepas, Malaysia to be further blended. The blended HSFO was subsequently delivered to storage facilities in Singapore. Part of the blended HSFO was also sold by Glencore to PetroChina International (Singapore) Pte Ltd (PetroChina).
To ascertain the source of contamination, MPA tested fuel samples taken from various sources, including the tanker which delivered the HSFO from the Port of Khor Fakkan, fuel blending facilities, and storage facilities of Glencore and PetroChina. Fuel onboard the tanker was found to contain high concentrations of COC, of up to 21,000 ppm. Forensic fingerprinting analysis of the fuel samples taken from the tanker showed a match with the samples taken from several affected ships that had taken HSFO from Glencore and PetroChina. The forensic fingerprinting analysis established with reasonable certainty that contaminated fuel onboard affected ships had likely come from the same source of fuel onboard the tanker that was loaded at Port of Khor Fakkan, UAE.
All MPA-licensed bunker suppliers are required to test the fuel to ensure that it complies with international standards. MPA has established that both Glencore and PetroChina, as MPA-licensed bunker suppliers, had carried out tests on the fuel supplied based on the international standards of petroleum products of fuel – International Organization for Standardization 8217 (ISO 8217). However, as the current international standards do not require tests for COC, the contamination was not promptly detected.
PetroChina and Glencore have since promptly taken the necessary steps to stop supplying the affected fuel. MPA has not received any report of fuel containing high COC supplied by the two suppliers since 31 March 2022.
In light of this incident, MPA encourages bunker buyers to request for enhanced fuel testing for COC from their bunker suppliers. MPA is also conducting further testing of both Glencore and PetroChina’s fuel samples.

CORONA Virus – updated 02 March 2022

We bring the latest information about the situation in Singapore. For Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand we refer to the respective pages. At present, we have not heard of similar formal (maritime) measures in Myanmar.


Source: Singapore Shipowners Association, SSA

As Singapore moves to streamline pandemic measures to living with Covid-19 as an endemic disease, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has released their revised crew change requirements in Port Marine Circular (PMC) 03 of 2022 to continue to safeguard the wellbeing of seafarers undergoing crew change in Singapore as well as Singapore’s populace.

PMC 03 of 2022 will come into force with immediate effect.

Below are some of the changes extracted for ease of reference:

For Sign on Crew

  • Fully vaccinated crew from “Active Vaccinated Travel Lane” may sign on without serving SHN and does not require to take VTL flight.
  • The crew must have a negative result from a COVID-19 test (PCR) taken at a government-approved or ISO 15189-accredited testing facility at his/her originating country not more than 2 days prior departure for Singapore.
  • The crew may also produce a negative, professionally-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART) result taken within 2 days prior to departure from Category I/II/III/IV countries/regions.
  • Removal of FTT for fully vaccinated crew prior departure for Singapore; non vaccinated crew will still need to have FTT within 24 hours prior to his/her departure to home country.
  • Vessel should depart port once completion of crew change (to be read in conjunction with PMC 9 of 2015).
  • Crew who are fully vaccinated and recently recovered (i.e., within 90 days of their last infection) will be exempted from all testing and SHN requirements if they are able to provide appropriate documentary proof. Non-fully vaccinated recently-recovered travellers will be exempted from pre-departure testing requirements, but will still be subjected to SHN.

For Sign off Crew

  • The crew must not have gone ashore in the last 7 days before disembarking the ship.
  • No interaction with shore-based personnel at previous port in the last 7 days.

Designated crew change holding facilities in Singapore

  • Fully vaccinated crew may stay at the designated holding facilities in Singapore for up to 5 days.
  • Unvaccinated sign-on crew and sign-off crew may stay at the designated holding facilities for up to 24 hours.

Crew change holding facilities

  • Submission of crew change application can be made at least 3 days in advance, instead of 7 days.

Pre-Departure Test (PDT) for Sign-Off Crew

  • Resumption of PDT in Singapore and PDT to be carried out onboard.
  • No PCR test required from last port.
  • ALL agent/owner must seek MPA’s prior approval for clinic to board vessel to conduct PDT for sign off crew only.

Crew vaccination application

  • Application to be submitted at least 3 days prior vessel’s arrival in Singapore.
  • SeaVax 2 is applicable to all crew when calling port of Singapore.

Singapore authorities continue to restrict its border control for arriving/departing of foreign national including that of vessel’s crew in light of the continuing effort over the Covid-19 pandemic.

Queries relating to this circular should be directed by email to: crew_change@mpa.gov.sg.


Service of warrant of arrest and writ of summons in an admiralty in rem action on the agent of the ship effective 22 January 2021

Solicitors representing plaintiffs in admiralty proceedings in Singapore are now permitted to serve a warrant of arrest and/or a writ of summons in an admiralty in rem action (“writ”) on the agent of the ship. While the new procedures that take effect on 22 January 2021 may reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission, they require agents of ships to be on the alert and may pose risks for ship owners who may face delay in being notified of the service of court papers.

The new procedures are set out in the new Order 70 rule 10A of the Rules of Court, which was introduced by the Rules of Court (Amendment) Rules 2021. In conjunction with this, the Supreme Court Registrar has issued the Supreme Court Practice Directions Amendment No. 1 of 2021 (“Amendment Practice Directions”) on (a) notification requirements of the service of a warrant of arrest and/or a writ, and (b) filing requirements for entering judgment in default. The Sheriff of the Supreme Court has also dispensed with the need for a security guard to be deployed on board an arrested vessel for the duration of the arrest of the vessel with effect from 15 January 2021.

The new rules came into operation on 22 January 2021 and will continue to apply as long as the Covid-19 restrictions imposed on the maritime industry by either or both of the following regulations remain in force, namely: a. Regulations 61A, 61B and 61C of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (Port) Regulations (“MPA Regulations”); and b. Part 3 of the Second Schedule to the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020 (“Covid-19 Regulations”).

Dughall Aitken is the Company Chief Executive and handles major casualty work for the company in Singapore and supervises the handling of all major claims regionally. Before joining Spica, Dughall worked for A.P. Moller, completing assignments in Maersk’s Ro-Ro, Offshore and Deep Water fleets. Thomas Larsen has joined Spica Services from an IG P&I Club, as the Regional Claims Manager. In addition to his Group P&I experience, Thomas is also a qualified lawyer and has a degree in dispute resolution. Thomas’ responsibilities are for the management of all regional claims teams, and for the introduction of improved claims handling processes and procedures. Thomas will also supervise all major claims throughout the region. Abdul Rahman bin Hussein has been with Spica 26 years, joining following a career at sea, and ashore with a well-known Marine Survey firm. Rahman has experience handling all types of claims, but specializes in tanker and general cargo claims, on behalf of all Clubs. Aung Myo Myat Naing joined Spica 7 years ago, after 3 years at sea with Hyundai Merchant Marine, sailing on board cape size bulk carriers as a 2nd officer. Since joining Spica Services, he has been handling claims involving cargo/container claims, cargo quantity/quality disputes for tankers, collision, sinking, grounding, fire, oil pollution, recovery claims, etc. As a Myanmar national, Aung also has responsibility as Country Manager for Spica Services’ Myanmar Branch Office. Shivani Raswan is a qualified lawyer having six years relevant experience of practice in commercial/contract laws. After perusing her Masters in Maritime law with distinction in Marine Insurance from the National University of Singapore, she completed internships with renowned law firms in Singapore, such as Gurbani & Co., Joseph Tan & Jude Benny and Rajah & Tan. She is experienced in handling various marine/P&I claims such as cargo claims, containers/carrying equipment claims, ports’ liabilities and crew claims, but specializes in Transport Liability claims. Linda Soh recently joined us from a leading P&I provider where she has gained valuable H&M experience in addition to handling P&I claims in both Singapore and regionally. Maritime focus has been the centre of her interest at both Nanyang Technological University and London Metropolitan University where she has obtained here BS (Maritime Studies) and LLM (Maritime Law) respectively.

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