Almi Tankers was recognised by PSA Marine, a leading marine services provider on towage and pilotage with flagship operations in Singapore, for our support towards navigational safety during our vessels’ transit of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS). This is yet another action taken by the Company in its commitment and continuous efforts towards achieving consistency in safety excellence and completing the trajectory to establishing a zero incidents regime.
SOMS is one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore recognise the importance of the SOMS for international navigation and are committed to ensuring navigational safety, protecting its marine environment and facilitating safe transit of vessels through the SOMS. At the 43rd session of the Tripartite Technical Experts Group of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore on safety of navigation in the SOMS in Sep 2018, it was agreed amongst the littoral states that the Voluntary Pilotage Services (VPS) in the SOMS will take effect on 1 Jan 2019. The Guidelines state that VPS in the SOMS are to be provided by Straits Pilots certified by the relevant Authority in each littoral state for its own candidates. In Singapore, the relevant Authority is the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).
Since 2001, PSA Marine has been providing marine advisory services round-the-clock. Effective 1 Jan 2019, all their straits pilots meet the high standard certification criteria set by MPA and have been awarded with the Straits Pilot Certificate.