Singapore Hosts 38th Meeting of ASEAN Maritime Transport Working Group

first_imgThe Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will host the 38th Meeting of the ASEAN Maritime Transport Working Group (MTWG) from 21 to 23 August 2019. This meeting is part of Singapore’s two-year Chairmanship of the working group from 2018 to 2019. The chairmanship of the MTWG is rotated amongst ASEAN Member States on a biennial basis. The MTWG is the principal coordinating and implementing arm of the ASEAN Senior Transport Officials Meeting (STOM) that advances maritime transport related programmes, projects and activities under the Kuala Lumpur Transport Strategic Plan 2016-2025 (KLTSP) aimed at enhancing regional economic integration. (d) ASEAN Regional Oil Spill Contingency Plan; and Since the adoption of the KLTSP 2016-2025, the MTWG has concluded several key initiatives including: (e) Framework of Cooperation on Certification of Competency for Near Coastal Voyages issued by ASEAN Member States. (c) ASEAN Search and Rescue Operation Procedures; Author: Baibhav Mishracenter_img At the 38th MTWG, the 10 ASEAN Member States renewed their commitment to enhance regional cooperation on issues such as the establishment of the ASEAN Single Shipping Market, developing the roll-on/roll-off (RO-RO) shipping network, and strengthening navigational safety and protection of the marine environment through effective implementation of global shipping regulations from the International Maritime Organization (IMO). During his opening address at the 38th MTWG, Mr Calvin Phua, Deputy Secretary (Hub Strategy), Ministry of Transport, commended the MTWG’s efforts to enhance maritime connectivity and promote safe and sustainable shipping in the region. He encouraged ASEAN Member States, together with its dialogue partners, industry and international organisations such as the IMO, to continue building capacity in the region and embrace technological innovations to further develop the ASEAN maritime transport sector. He also expressed his appreciation to the ASEAN Member States, various partners and the IMO for their strong support and valuable contributions. (b) Guidelines for Safety Standards for Non-Convention Ships; (a) the ASEAN Memorandum of Understanding on the Improvement of Safety Standards and Inspection for Non-Convention Ships with ASEAN Member States; Sea News, August 21last_img read more

Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship

first_imgVieira, Truelove untouchableBy Stephan Sookram in Trinidad compliments of Mohamed’s Enterprise, A&R Jiwanram Printery, E-Networks and Buy Me Auto SalesIT was a dream performance for both Mark Vieira and Matt TrueLove who kicked off round two of the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championships (CMRC) with wins at the Frankie Boodhram International Raceway (FBIR).Vieira, who upstaged the competition in the day’s qualification with a blistering 40.632 was silky smooth as he guided his Mazda Rx8 to his first podium win of the Caribbean season.THE ROTARY RULESVieira was confident after his win yesterday, and understandably so, considering that when the race was over, he had amassed more than a quarter-mile gap on the second-placed Franklyn Boodhram.Mark Vieira is all alone in his first CMRC Group 4 race.Speaking exclusively to Chronicle Sport, Vieira said, “To be honest with you, we haven’t changed anything. The car just seems to like this track, these very fast corners and stuff like that. You don’t change something that is working.”Apart from Vieira, Andrew King finished third after losing out on the closing laps to the host’s and his Renault Megane.TRUELOVE LOVES FBIR WALLERFIELDMeanwhile, Truelove, who makes his maiden entry to the CMRC Superstock class, recovered from a bad start to claim the top spot on the podium.“Because I’m not used to the start line scenery, I was a bit unsure when to go and when it finally went, I dropped the clutch a bit too quickly and I lost a bit of time,” he said.He is confident of rivalling his performances today in the second round of races.Matthew Vieira had a last-lap clash with one of Trinidad competitors which dropped him down to eighth.Meanwhile, mechanical troubles plagued Sharima Khan in qualifying in race one during the Group 1, while the same occurred with Haniff Mohamed in Group 2.Rameez Mohamed suffered the same fate after trying qualification but failing just three laps into the 15-minute session.Racing begins at 09:00hrs today.last_img read more

Utah Championship golf: Former champion Michael Putnam stumbled in final round

first_imgSANDY — For Michael Putnam, it seemed like a mere formality that he would walk away with the Utah Championship trophy Sunday afternoon.The Pepperdine grad, who is built more like a defensive end than a golfer at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, had won the same tournament on the Nationwide Tour just two years earlier and held a comfortable four-stroke lead heading into the final round. Not only was he 17-under par in the three previous days, but had been in the 60s in 13 of his previous 19 rounds at Willow Creek Country Club.He didn’t seem nervous when he started with a birdie at No. 1. It looked like he was on cruise control.However, the wheels gradually began to fall off and by the end of the day he had shot a 3-over-par 74, ending in a four-way tie for second place, a stroke behind winner Doug LaBelle II.”I played terrible,” Putnam said afterward. ” It shouldn’t have even been close, really. If I’d have just had an average day I would have won the tournament.”So what happened?”I played the par-5s terrible and hit some really bad shots today,” he said. “I got myself in some bad positions. On the back nine I gave myself a bunch of chances, but nothing went in.”Earlier in the week when he was building his lead, Putnam called the par-5s at Willow Creek, his “bread and butter.” He had played the par-5s in 8-under par with no bogeys.However on Sunday, after making birdie at the par-5 No. 1 hole, he made bogeys at three par-5s, holes 3, 10 and 17.Despite all his bogeys, Putnam still had a chance to win the tournament, or at least get in a playoff as the players in front of him failed to grab hold. Putnam was just one back of LaBelle as he stood on the 17th tee.Putnam hit his drive through the fairway into a bunker. But he still thought he’d be up near the green in two. Instead he left himself with 240 yards to the green after his shot traveled just a few yards.”I tried to hit a hybrid out of a bunker with a downhill lie,” he said. “Obviously I wasn’t expecting to hit it thin and hit the one-inch lip.”From there he hit into a greenside front bunker, made a nice blast out to within eight feet, but missed the par putt and dropped back to 13 under.That meant he needed to make an ace at the final hole and he gave it a nice try, hitting his 7-iron right at the pin, only to end up four feet short. He sank the putt, which pulled him into a four-way tie for second place.”Hand it to Doug he played well and got it done,” Putnam said.Email: [email protected]last_img read more