MPA puts next-generation patrol fleet to work

mpa patrol fleet

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has used its next-generation patrol craft fleet as part of a joint oil spill exercise to test incident preparedness and inter-agency coordination at the Port of Singapore.

In a statement the MPA said the test involved a collision between two oil tankers and the subsequent rupture of two cargo oil tanks and spillage of 10,000 metric tonnes of crude oil.

The next-generation patrol craft demonstrated their enhanced emergency response capabilities using oil containment booms and the oil dispersant spray system.

Credit: MPA

Additionally, a drone was deployed from the next-generation patrol craft to gather aerial footage as part of the onsite incident management.

The six-vessel strong fleet was delivered to the MPA in August 2020 after signing a deal with Lita Ocean, a Singaporean shipbuilding a repair company.

The vessels are 17m in length and have predictive capabilities and an Intelligent Port Maritime System, which allows the MPA to use smart data to monitor port operations and respond to emergencies more efficiently. Similar vessels are used by Mawani in Saudi Arabia.

The oil spill exercise included Singapore’s Police Coast Guard and Civil Defence Force, which included a contingency response plan that incorporated COVID-19 precautionary measures. It was supported by ExxonMobil Asia Pacific, Oil Spill Response and Singapore Salvage Engineers.

Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said, “Our port and shipping sectors play a critical role in keeping global supply chains going, and enabling Singapore to bring in essential goods and send our exports to the world. 

“It is therefore important for our agencies and industry partners to remain vigilant and respond to incidents in a well-coordinated manner.

“This is why we hold regular exercises to test our readiness and identify areas for further improvement.

“These are also opportunities to test new technologies and capabilities, such as the new MPA patrol craft which we launched last month.”

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