Using Anchorages to Carry Out Hot-Work Repair Onboard Vessels

Pursuant to the Workplace Safety & Health (Shipbuilding & Repairing) Regulations 2008, the owner, agent or master of a vessel that is within port shall ensure that any hot work, high speed drilling or any other fire, spark or heat producing operation to be carried out shall be in compliance with the regulations. In addition to the above, reference is made to Regulations 16 and 17 of the MPA (Dangerous Goods, Petroleum and Explosive) Regulations 2005 that such works at the anchorage shall be allowed only with prior permission from the Port Master.

Detailed information on the procedure for seeking permission with pursuant to MPA Regulations is provided below.

Procedure – Application for an Anchorage to carry out hot-works repair

1. The applicant will be required to submit an email request with the application form for an anchorage to carry out hot-works at least 3 working days in advance to the Marine, Environment and Safety Department at PMS_MPA@mpa.gov.sg :

STEP 1

  1. Application form

    Download and complete the following;
    Application Form for an Anchorage to carry out hot-works repair

Documents required:

  1. Scanned “Application Form for an Anchorage to carry out Hot-works” - (With details filled-up and signed)
  2. Repair plans (with photos if available)
  3. General Arrangement (GA)
  4. Methodology
  5. Risk Assessment plans
  6. DG stowage plan (if applicable)

STEP 2

2. Once the evaluation is completed, the in-principle approval and appropriate anchorage will be assigned through email, the applicant will be required to submit in person the following documents at the next available working day for verification to:

        Hazardous Cargo Section
        Marine, Environment & Safety Department
        7B Keppel Road, #21-00
        Tanjong Pagar Complex, Singapore (089055)

 

Documents required:

  1. 2 sets of “Application Form for an Anchorage to carry out Hot-works” to be endorsed (1 set Applicant’s copy, 1 set MPA’s copy)
  2. Gas-free certificate by MPA Port Chemist (if applicable)
  3. Hot-work permit form by safety assessor
  4. MOM accredited certification of safety assessor

 

Once the documents are verified, the MPA officer will sign the “Application Form for an Anchorage to carry out Hot-works”. Please note that the in-principle approval will be invalid should the applicant not submit any of the required documents, or if the documents are found to be unsatisfactory.

 

3. For enquires or any clarification, please contact us at:
Tel:       (65) 6325 2421
Email:   PMS_MPA@mpa.gov.sg

 

FAQ

Q1: My vessel was damaged in port and requires emergency patching at the anchorage which will take more than 3 days, will permission be granted?

A1: Yes. The vessel must be certified sea-worthy before the departure. A suitable anchorage to carry out the repairs will be assigned for the damaged vessel if the repairs can be done at the anchorage.

 

Q2: My vessel is loaded with cargo and will be conducting hot-works in the vessel’s designated engine room workshop, do I need to write-in to MPA to seek for permission?

A2: As per ISGOTT guidelines, the engine room workshop is a designated approved work place for hot-works onboard the vessel, no prior permission is required.

 

Q3: My tanker’s cargo tanks are loaded with cargo and I have some hot-works on deck, will permission be granted?

A3: No. Tankers loaded with cargo will not be allowed to carry out hot-works at the anchorage.

 

Q4: My tanker’s cargo tanks are empty and under inert condition and I have some hot-works on deck, will permission be granted?

A4: No. Tankers with non gas-freed cargo tanks will not be allowed to carry out hot-works at the anchorage.

 

Q5: My tanker’s cargo tanks are gas-free but I have slops onboard. I have some hot-works on deck, will permission be granted?

A5: No. Tankers with slops onboard will not be allowed to carry out hot-works at the anchorage.

 

Q6: My oil/chemical/gas-carrier vessel is empty and under inert condition and I have some hot-works on deck, will permission be granted?

A6: No. The vessel will not be allowed to carry out hot-works at the anchorage.

 

Q7: My oil/chemical/gas-carrier vessel is empty and under inert condition and I have some hot-works in the designated engine room workshop, will permission be granted?

A7: Yes. The vessel will be allowed to carry out hot-works at the anchorage.

 

Q8: My vessel is a tanker. Can I do an anchor chain replacement at the anchorage?

A8: For the cutting of anchor chain on board a tanker, the works will be allowed if the vessel is certified gas-freed. However, if the vessel is loaded with cargo or in ballast, works will be allowed provided the vessel cargo and slop tanks are under inert condition and arrangement is made for the work to be carried on a floating barge.

 

Q9: My vessel requires doing a shell plate cutting on the ship side, is that allowed?

A9: No. Shell plate cutting on ship’s side will not be allowed as this may lead to a hull breach.

 

Q10: My bulk carrier is loaded with cargo and I have some hot-works, will permission be granted?

A10: Hot-works on board bulk carriers laden with cargo will be subjected to the kind of cargo on board the vessel. If the vessel is carrying flammable cargo (e.g. sulphur), hot-works will not be allowed.

 

Q11: I have DG containers on board and I have some hot-works on deck, will permission be granted?

A11: No. The vessel will not be allowed to carry out hot-works at the anchorage.

 

Q12: My vessel is currently anchored in Western Petroleum Anchorage, will I be granted permission to stay at the same location for my hot works?

A12: No. With the exception of the designated hot-work area (i.e. engine room workshop), a suitable anchorage will be assigned to the vessel for the purpose of hot-works.

 

Q13: Why am I able to get permission to do hot-works for certain vessel but I would need to gas-free or no permission granted for other type of vessel?  

A13: Assessment for the suitability to assign an anchorage for hot-works is dependent on the vessel type and the cargo it last carried. Subjected to the scope of the works to be done, vessels that had last carried FLAMMABLE CARGO may be required to be certified gas-free before any hot-works can commerce. Refer to the table below.

VESSELS

(with FLAMMABLE CARGO)

OTHER VESSELS

(with NON-FLAMMABLE CARGO)

  • Oil Tanker
  • Chemical Tanker
  • Gas Carrier
  • Bulk Carrier
  • FPSO
  • Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU)
  • Drill Ship
  • Freighter *with DG
  • Semi-submersible
  • Dredger
  • Tug
  • Container Vessel *Without DG onboard
  • Car Carrier
  • Cable vessel
  • Barge
  • Passenger Ship