SINGAPORE: SHIPS AT ANCHOR IN PORT
The regulations dealing with ships at anchor in Singapore have been amended and there must be on board a sufficient number of men capable of veering cable, keeping anchor lights lit and taking appropriate action in case of an emergency. The following safety measure apply:
- To keep engines in a state of readiness for immediate use in case of emergency
- To ensure sufficient scope of cable to be used in the prevailing circumstances
- To ensure that there is ample swinging room for the ship
- To keep a continuous listening watch on designated VHF channel of the respective sector where the ship is anchored
Ships under active employment must have their full operational crew on board. In other cases, at least half the number of officers, engineers and crew (or watchmen/security guards) must be on board (the exact number depending on the type and size of ship). The ship must also maintain a continuous watch in accordance with STCW regulations.