JABATAN LAUT SEMENANJUNG MALAYSIA
NOTICE TO MARINERS
Notice No. : 40(T) of 1998  
Authority  : Director General of Marine, Peninsular Malaysia 
Position  : Peninsular Malaysia, Malacca  and Singapore Straits.
Charts Affected  :
Publication Affected  :

 
 

1. The Maritime Safety Committee, at 69th. session ( 11-20th May 1998 ), adopted in
    accordance with the provisions of Assembly resolutions A.858(20), and by the annex
    resolution MSC.73(69), mandatory ship reporting systems in the Straits of Malacca and
    Singapore.

2. The mandatory ship reporting system will enter into force at 0000 hours UTC on 1 December 1998.
 

DESCRIPTION OF THE MANDATORY SHIP REPORTING SYSTEM
IN THE STRAITS OF MALACCA AND SINGAPORE
 
Definition

1.    Categories of Ships required to participate in the system.

1.1 Ships of the following categories are required to participate in the ship reporting system:

       1.1.1    vessels of 300 GT and above;
       1.1.2    vessels of 50  metres or more in lenght;
       1.1.3    vessels engaged in towing or pushing with a combined GT of 300 and above, ot
                   with a combined lenght of 50 metres or more;
       1.1.4    vessels of any tonnage carrying hazardous cargo, as defined in paragraph 1.4 of
                   resolution MSC.43(64).
       1.1.5    all passanger vessels that are fitted with VHF, regardless of lenght or GT; and
       1.1.6    any category of vessels less than 50 metres in lenght or less than 300 GT which are
                   fitted with VHF and in an emergency, uses the appropriate traffic lane or separation
                   zone, in order to avoid immediate danger.
 
2.  GEographical coverage of the system and the number and edition of the reference chart used
     for the delineation of the system.

2.1    The operational area STRAITREP covers  the Straits of Malacca and Singapore between
         longitudes 100deg 40'E and 104deg 23'E as shown in the chartlets attached as apendix 1
         and appendix 2. The area includes the routering systems in the Straits of Malacca
         and  Singapore. The area is divided into nine sectors, each has an assigned VHF channel
         as shown in appendix 3.

2.2    The reference charts which include the operational area of STRAITREP are the Malaysian
         Chart Series MAL 515, 521 and 523 of the Hydrographer, Royal Malaysian Navy or the
         equivalent charts published by the competent hydrographic autority.

3.    Format, content of report, times and geographical positions for submitting reports, authority
        to whom report should be sent, available services.

3.1    FORMAT

The ship report shall be draft in accordance with the format shown in appendix 4. The information requested from ships is derived from the Standard Reporting Format given in paragraph 2 of the IMO resolution A.851(20).

3.2.    CONTENT

        3.2.1    Information considered essential;
 
                    A            -    Name of ship, call sign, IMO identification number ( if available);
                    C or D    -    Position;
                    P             -    Hazardous cargo, class if applicable; and
                    Q or R    -    Breakdown, damage and/or deficiencies affecting the structure, cargo
                                        or equipment of the ship or any other circumstances affecting normal
                                        navigation in accordance with the provisions of the SOLAS and
                                        MARPOL Conventions.

        3.2.2    Information considered necessary when requested by VTS authority;
 
                 E and F     -    Course and speed of ship.
 
                On receipt of a position message, operators of the VTS will establish the relation
                between the ship's position and the information supplied by the facilities available to
                them. The information on heading and spedd will facilitate the VTS operator's task of
                identifying a ship within a group.

3.3    Geographical position for submitting reports

        3.3.1    Ships entering the operational area shall report when crossing the limits mentioned
                    in paragraph 3 or when crossing a line joining Tg. Piai ( 01deg 15'.5N
                    103deg30'.75E ) and Pulau Karimun Kecil ( 01deg09'.20N 103deg24'.35E ) or
                    when leaving port or anchorages in the area or before joining the traffic lane of the
                    TSS.

        3.3.2    Ships entering the operational area shall also report when approaching Selat
                    Riau, abeam  of  Karang Galang Lt. ( 01 deg 09'.58N 104deg11'.47E ) or via
                    Selat Durian, report when Pulau Jangkat Beacon (00deg57'.89N 103deg42'.72E )
                    is abeam and when approaching from the East Johor Strait, abeam of Eastern Bouy
                    ( 01deg17'.87N 104de05'.99E ).

        3.3.3    A ship approaching from any direction other than those specified above shall on
                    reaching sector 7, sector 8 or sector 9 as appropriate report by giving the vessels's
                    position in term of bearing and distance from one of the following reference points :

      i .    Pulau Iyu Kechil Lt     01°11'.48N   103°21'.23E
     ii .    Sultan Shoal Lt            01°14'.38N   103°38'.98E
    iii .    Raffles Lt                    01°09'.60N    103°44'.55E
    iv .    Sakijang Lt Bn            01°13'.30N    103°51'.37E
    v  .    Bedok Lt                      01°18'.54N    103°56'.06E
    vi .    Tg. Stapa Lt                 01°20'.57N   104°08'.24E
    vii.     Horsburgh Lt               01°19'.81N   104°24'.44E

As an alternative the position can also be given latitude and longitude.

3.4     Authority
 
           The VTS authorities fro the STRAITREP are as follows:

            i.    Sector 1 to Sector 5    -    Klang VTS;
            ii.    Sector 6                     -     Johor VTS; and
           iii.    Sector 7 to Sector 9    -    Singapore VTS.
 

4.    Information to be provided to ships and procedures to be followed

4.1    STRAITREP also provides information to ships about specific and critical situation which
         could cause conflicting traffic movements and other information concerning safety of
         navigation.

4.2    Depending on the sector which a ship is in, every ship shall also maintain a VHF radio
         telephone listening watch on the approriate VHF Channel. Information of general interest
         to ships will be broadcast on VHF channel 16 and any other as may be specified by the
         approriate VTS authority. This broadcast will be preceeded by an announcement on the
         approriate VHF channel assigned to the sector.

5    Radiocommunications required for the system, frequencies on which reports should be
      tranmitted and information to be reported.

    The radiocommunications required for the STRAITREP is as follows:-

    5.1   STRAITREP will be beased on VHF voice radiocommunication and will be interactive.
            The call to the appropriate VTS authority shall be made on the VHF channel assigned to
            the particular sector in which the ship is located as indicated in appendix 3, and the
            report shall be transmitted on that channel or any other available channel as assigned by
            the appropriate VTS authorities.

    5.2    The language used for communication shall be English, using the IMO Standard Marine
             Communications Phrases where necessary.

    5.3    Information of commercial confidentiality may be transmitted by non-verbal means.

6.    Rules and regulations in Force in the Area System

    6.1    The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 are applicable
             throughout the operational area STRAITREP .

    6.2    The Rules For Vessels Navigating Thoughout The Straits of malacca and Singapore as
             approved by IMO are applicable throughout the area.

7.    SHORE_BASED FACILITIES TO SUPPORT OPERATION OF THE SYSTEM
 
       The facilities of the STRAITREP are as follows:

7.1    Klang VTS
         -    Telephone, facsimile and telex communication
         -    6 sets of VHF radio communication equipment
         -    6 real-time display consoles for "X" and "S" bands radar signals from remote radar
               stations.

7.2    Johor VTS
        -    Telephone, facsimile and telex communication
        -    4 sets of VHF radio communication equipment
        -    4 real-time display consoles fo"X" and"S" bands radar signals from remote radar
              stations.

7.3    Singapore VTS
        -    Telephone, facsimile and telex communication
        -    11 sets of VHF radio communication equipment
        -    4 real-tie display consoles for"X" band radar signals from remote radar stations
        -    4 sets of VHF radio directions finder in marine bands.

7.4    Remote Stations:

        7.4.1    Pulau Angsa
                    -     1 "X" band radar facility
                    -     1"S" band radar facility
                    -     VHF tranmitters and receivers

        7.4.2    Bukit Jugra
                    -     1 "X" band radar facility
                    -     1"S" band radar facility
                    -     VHF tranmitters and receivers

        7.4.3    Cape Rachado
                     -     1 "X" band radar facility
                    -     1"S" band radar facility
                    -     VHF tranmitters and receivers

        7.4.4    Pulau Undan
                    -     1 "X" band radar facility
                    -     1"S" band radar facility
                    -     VHF tranmitters and receivers

        7.4.5    Bukit Segenting
                    -     1 "X" band radar facility
                    -     1"S" band radar facility
                    -     VHF tranmitters and receivers

        7.4.6    Tanjung Piai
                    -     1 "X" band radar facility
                    -     1"S" band radar facility
                    -     VHF tranmitters and receivers

        7.4.7    Bukit Pengerang
                    -     1 "X" band radar facility
                    -     1"S" band radar facility
                    -     VHF tranmitters and receivers

        7.4.8    Sultan Shoal Lighthouse
                    -     1 "X" band radar facility
                    -     VHF tranmitters and receivers

        7.4.9    Raffles Lighthouse
                    -     1 "X" band radar facility
 
        7.4.10  St. John's Island
                    -     1 "X" band radar facility
 
        7.4.11 Bedok Lighthouse
                   -     2 sets of VHF/DF radio direction finder

        7.4.12    Bedok
                    -  1 "X" band radar facility   

        7.4.13    Horsburgh Lighthouse
                    -     1 "X" band radar facility
                    -     VHF tranmitters and receivers

        7.4.14    Jurang Control
                    -     2 sets of  VHF/DF radio direction finder.
 

8.    Alternative Communication If The Communcation Facilities Of The Shore-Based Fail

     8.1    STRAITREP is designed to avoid, as far as possible, any irretrievable breakdown of
              equipment which would hindr the functioning of the services normally provided by the
              respective VTS authorities.

    8.2    The most important items of equipment and power sources are duplicated and the
             facilities are provided with the emergency generating sets as well as with Uninterruptable
             Power Supply ( UPS) units. A maintenance team is available 24 hours a day to attend
             to any breakdown.

    8.3    STRAITREP is also designed in such a manner that if one station fails, the adjacent
              station can provide the necessary coverage.
 
 

APPENDIX 3
 

ASSIGNED VHF CHANNELS FOR SECTORS IN THE MANDATORY  REPORTING SYSTEM IN THE STRAITS OF MALACCA AND SINGAPORE
  ( STRAITREP )
 

   SECTOR                            VHF CHANNELS                VTS AUTHORITIES

    Sector 1                             VHF Channel 66                    Klang VTS
    Sector 2                             VHF Channel 88                    Klang VTS
    Sector 3                             VHF  Channel 84                   Klang VTS
    Sector 4                             VHF  Channel 61                   Klang VTS
    Sector 5                             VHF Channel 88                    Klang VTS
    Sector 6                             VHF Channel 88                    Johor VTS
    Sector 7                             VHF Channel 73                    Singapore VTS
    Sector 8                             VHF Channel 14                    Singapore VTS
    Sector 9                             VHF Channel 10                    Singapore VTS
 
 
 
 

Appendix 4
 
   Designation 
 
 
  Function 
 
 
Information Required
A
Ship Name and call sign
C 
 
 
 
 
 
Position 
 
 
 
 
 
A 4-digit giving latitudesin degrees and minutes suffixed with N ( north) or S( south ) and a 5-digit group giving longitudes in degrees and minutes suffixed with E ( east) or W ( west); or
D 
 
 
Position 
 
 
True bearing ( first 3 digits) and distance given in nautical miles from a clearly identifiable point ( state landmark )
E
True course A 3-digit group
F 
 
Speed in knots and tenths of knots A 3-digit group 
 
P 
 
 
Hazardous cargo on board Indicate "Yes" or "No" to wether  vessel is carrying hazardous cargo. If "Yes " the class if aplicable
Q 
 
 
 
Defects/ damage / deficiencies / other limitations 
 
 
Brief detail of defects, deficiencies or other limitations 
 
 
R 
 
 
 
Description of pollution or dangerous goods lost overboard 
 
Brief detail of type of pollution ( oil, chemicals, etc.) or dangerous goods lost overboard; position expressed as in (C) or (D)
 

 
 
(CAPT.M.PRATHABAN)

for Director General of Marine,

Peninsular Malaysia.

 

 

MARINE DEPARTMENT,

PENINSULAR MALAYSIA,

P.O. BOX 12,

42007 PORT KLANG.

 

 

Date: 1st July 1998.

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