Pre-arrival notification and Notification of Arrival (NOA) procedures

Vessels need to comply with the notification and reporting procedures before and when they arrive in Singapore

Definitions of terms

The following are definitions of some terms used:

  • Notification of arrival (NOA) – The advance notice sent from a vessel to the Port Master stating the vessel's intention to enter Singapore.
  • Confirmation of arrival –The VHF radiotelephone report sent through a Vessel Traffic Information Service (VTIS) to the Port Master when a vessel is within the VTIS operational area.
  • Passenger vessel – A vessel carrying more than 12 passengers.
  • Height – The height declared by the vessel that measures vertically from the water-line to the highest point of the vessel. The cargo, equipment, structure or any extendible structures onboard can make up the highest point. The appropriate plans or documents must contain the height information and be carried onboard the vessel.

Notification procedures for arriving vessels

These notification procedures apply to passenger vessels or vessels of 300 GT or more. The owner, agent, master or person-in-charge of these vessels must notify the Port Master:

  • at least 12 hours prior to the vessels’ arrival in Singapore;
  • once the vessel departs if they come from a nearby port with less than 12 hours steaming time to Singapore; or
  • at least 24 hours in advance if they carry hazardous and noxious substances in bulk. The notification must contain the details of such cargoes according to the Port Marine Circular No. 15 of 1998 .

The owner, agent, master or person-in-charge must send the Notification of Arrival report in the defined reporting format.

Vessels arriving with residues or mixtures containing oil or noxious liquid substance must declare to the Port Master the quantity and content of such residues or mixtures on board the ship. Vessels that will be or likely to discharge these substances within the port must provide the following information in item 11 – Slop/Sludge Indicator – of the Notification of Arrival report:

Confirmation procedures for arriving vessels

    The confirmation procedures apply to the following categories of vessels that intend to call at Singapore:

  • Vessels of 300 GT or more;
  • Tug engaged in towing or pushing vessels with a combined GT of 300 or more; and
  • Any passenger vessels

These vessels must report the Confirmation of Arrival together with the vessel's particulars to the VTIS by VHF radiotelephone.

Make the Confirmation of Arrival report to the respective VTIS when the vessel is at any of the points shown below: View sectors 7 to 9 of the STRAITREP operational area

  • Reporting to VTIS East on VHF CH 10 - (Sector 9 of STRAITREP)
    • Approaching from the East (South China Sea) when Horsburgh lighthouse (01° 19.814'N 104°24.337'E) is abeam.
    • Approaching from the South via Selat Riau when Karang Galang Lt (01 ° 09.577'N104° 11.365'E) is abeam.
    • Approaching from the East Johor Strait when Eastern Buoy (01° 17.865'N 104° 05.894'E) is abeam.
  • Reporting to VTIS Central on VHF CH 14 - (Sector 8 of STRAITREP)This applies to vessels joining the traffic lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Singapore Strait between Longitudes 103° 44.6'E and 104° 02.1'E. Vessels must report after departing from the port or anchorages north or south of the TSS.
  • Reporting to VTIS West on VHF CH 73 - (Sector 7 of STRAITREP)
    • Approaching from the South via Selat Durian when Pulau Jangkat Beacon (00° 57.895'N 103°42.619'E) is abeam.
    • Approaching from the West (Malacca Strait) when Pulau lyu Kechil (01° 11.479'N 103° 21.140'E) is abeam.
      • Vessels coming from directions other than those specified above must call the appropriate East, West or Central VTIS operator as they reach the VTIS operational area. They should provide the vessel's position by bearing and distance from one of the following reference points:
      • Pu lyu Kechil (01°11.466'N 103° 21.141'E)
      • Sultan Shoal Lt (01°14.377'N 103° 38.884'E)
      • Raffles Lt (01°09.606'N 103° 44.450'E)
      • Sakijang Lt Bn (01°13.305'N 103° 51.275'E)
      • Bedok Lt (01°18.544'N 103° 55.965'E)
      • TgSetapa Lt (01°20.574'N 104° 08.135'E)
      • Horsburgh Lt (01°19.814'N 104° 24.337'E)

The VHF Confirmation of Arrival report must contain the following information:

  • Vessel's name;
  • Call sign;
  • Present location (with reference to any one of the designated reporting points, e.g.when Horsburgh Lt is abeam);
  • Number of passengers and crew (applicable only for passenger vessels calling at Singapore);
  • Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) at the first destination in the Port or the name of the pilot boarding ground for a vessel engaging the service of a pilot; and
  • Height of the vessel (applicable if height differs from that provided in the notification of arrival report)

Contact information of Port Master’s Office

You may direct any queries to the Port Master's Office at

  • Tel: 6325 2453 or 6325 2369
  • Fax: 6325 2454

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