Cooperative Mechanism Meeting outcome
The 2013 meetings related to the Co-operative Mechanism (CM) were finalised between 3 and 11 October, with notable achievements, and progress aimed at enhancing the safety of navigation and protection of the marine environment in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS).
For BIMCO, 2013 marked the first year in which representatives participated at all CM meetings, namely the Aids to Navigation Fund (ANF) Committee Meeting (3 & 4 October hosted by Singapore), the Co-operation Forum (7 & 8 October) and the Project Co-ordination Committee (11 October). The work of these meetings is subject to the approval of the Tripartite Technical Experts Group, which met on 9 and 10 October. Indonesia hosted the latter three meetings.
Regarding industry’s contribution towards this work, the text of a pamphlet entitled Safe Passage: The Straits of Malacca and Singapore was approved. The text was developed by a correspondence group co-chaired by BIMCO and Singapore, with the active support and participation of Indonesia and Malaysia. The goal of the pamphlet is to raise awareness amongst seafarers transiting the SOMS of local navigational considerations that should be borne in mind. The correspondence group was asked to finalise the design of the pamphlet by the end of 2013.
One issue that the pamphlet seeks to promote is adherence with COLREGS. As meeting participants were advised that there were some incidents of ships failing to adhere to COLREGS, the timing of the pamphlet is advantageous. Furthermore, representatives of BIMCO and INTERTANKO requested details of these violations so that appropriate measures could be taken.
E-Navigation was a topic which received thorough attention. Delegates heard a presentation on BIMCO’s views on e-navigation and its Relation to Safe Passage in the SOMS. One outcome of these discussions was the agreement with an IMO suggestion to incorporate the discussion on the Marine Electronic Highway (MEH) and e- navigation into Safety of Navigation in the Straits, due to similarity on both issues.
Another noteworthy achievement was the completion of a Port Reception Facilities Directory identifying facilities available along the coast of the SOMS. The project, which was steered by INTERTANKO, involved the active participation of the littoral states of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, and BIMCO. The directory will soon be available from the INTERTANKO website, amongst other places.
The Co-operative Mechanism, established in 2007, provides an opportunity for the littoral states of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore to engage user states, the shipping industry and other stakeholders to participate and share the responsibility of maintaining and enhancing the safety of navigation and protection of the marine environment in the Straits. BIMCO was amongst the many stakeholders that supported the development of the CM, and has been an active participant in the related meetings and projects since 2009.