2019 New Year Message from MASA Chairman

Happy New Year and Warm Greetings as we begin 2019!

2018 was a fruitful year for MASA as we saw our hard work result in the achievement of important milestones with numerous activities and events held successfully. These milestones represent the significance process of MASA engaging and strengthening the relationship with our members.

In parallel with MASA’s mission in assisting the development of the Maritime Industry, MASA has been working relentlessly for the members in representing and assisting them with matters related to the industry for the government to hear and take action. In 2019, we will strive even harder in attaining a brighter future for the shipping industry.

To wrap things up, we would like to thank all of our MASA family members for your endless support and dedication in supporting our vision and mission. I would also like to thank MASA EXCO and secretariats for all the hard work and incredible level of enthusiasm in ensuring our members get the best from us.

You are welcomed to share your experience and ideas as we look forward to your participations in our activities and events planned in 2019.

Let us look back at the past year with the warmest of memories. Happy New Year.

It’s a Wrap for the Malaysia World Maritime Week 2017! 


It’s a wrap! We’ve ended our annual Malaysia World Maritime Week 2017 which was hosted in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

Special thanks to all our sponsors and supporting partners that helped made Malaysia World Maritime Week 2017 a huge success!

Our lineup of distinguished speakers all presented interesting and captivating keynotes which was no mean feat with an audience spanning from young people to top ranked. As always, we were proud and impressed with the comments and questions from the audience who were keen to participate.

Malaysia World Maritime Week 2017 International Conference & Green Shipping Conference presentation papers and photos

We’re adding links to the speaker’s slide decks to our MWMW 2017 International Conference & Green Shipping Conference 2017 as we receive them.

Our photographer is editing the photos and once they are ready, we’ll have them uploaded to our Facebook account. We’ll let you know on when they are ready!

What’s next for 2018?

The Malaysia World Maritime Week community is deciding where MWMW 2018 will be held.

Again, thank you so much for participating in MWMW 2017. See you next year!

Here are some of the highlights throughout MWMW 2017!’


World Maritime Day Videos

Maritime Industry Needs Clearer Picture Of Cabotage Policy – MASA

Maritime Industry Needs Clearer Picture Of Cabotage Policy – MASA

KUALA LUMPUR, June 19 (Bernama) –There is a need to make clear the uncertainties surrounding implementation of exemption of the cabotage policy for Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan, the Malaysia Shipowners’ Association (MASA) said.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had announced the exemption of the cabotage policy from June 1, 2017.

MASA Chairman Faizul Ismail said in a statement a clearer explanation is required on whether the exemption will only affect general and containerised cargo or in a worst case scenario, is applicable to all cargo.

He said a major implication to the local shipping industry on implementation of the exemption is the potential abuse of controlled and subsidised goods distribution by the federal government, when it is carried by foreign-flagged ships.

“These goods may not land in East Malaysia, when proper controls are not in place for the foreign flagged ships. This is not the case when goods are carried by Malaysian-registered ships and discharged fully at ports there,” he added.

There is also the risk of the lack of presence of local ship-owners, due to the non-competitive environment for them in comparison to the foreign-flagged shipowners and operators.

In addition, the exemption of the cabotage policy will lead to the potential “dumping” of old ships from neighbouring countries to trade in Malaysian waters and should as such be capped at a certain age for entry.

MASA is encouraging the government to consider a review of the policy, including exemption being restricted to the International Transhipment Container (ITC) trade to all East Malaysian ports and not include, the indigenous products locally produced in West Malaysia and all type of cargoes.

Another suggestion is only the Main Line Operator or Foreign Ship Operator be allowed to partake in the feedering of ITC, with Non-Vessel Operator Common Carrier and International Freight Forwarders not permitted to partake of either local indigenous cargo or ITC.

In 1980, when the cabotage policy was introduced the Malaysian shipping industry tonnage had grown significantly to 12 million deadweight tonnage (DWT) in 2011 from 1.87 million DWT. The development took about 30 years, taking into account all the challenges faced by the Malaysian shipping industry.

Currently, the shipping industry tonnage has shrunk to about nine million DWT due to the maritime business environment challenges such as low freight rates.

“With implementation of the exemption, there will as such be an irreversible damage and a very challenging task of rebuilding the lost tonnage, capability and capacity of the Malaysian shipping industry, due to high investment and capital costs,” Faizul said.

Source from BERNAMA

World Maritime Week 2017

In conjunction with IMO celebration of the World Maritime Day (WMD) 2017, Malaysia Shipowners’ Association (MASA) is pleased to inform that this year’s WMD  celebration will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, on the 5th until 9th September 2017. Malaysia World Maritime Week 2017 is a joint effort between the Malaysian government and the maritime industry. It is organised by the Ministry of Transport and the Marine Department, Malaysia (MARDEPT) and hosted by Malaysia Shipowners’ Association (MASA) and Ikhtisas Kelautan Malaysia (IKMAL).

Malaysia World Maritime Week 2017 has gone a step further this year and is poised to deliver cutting edge insights from different sectors of the industry. Malaysia’s premier maritime gathering with a week-long event which comprises of conferences, dialogues and exhibitions. Taking place at a challenging time for the industry, it will feature public outreach activities aimed at developing a greater appreciation for Malaysia’s vibrancy and diversity as a premier global hub port and leading international maritime centre.

Spearheaded by the Ministry of Transport (MOT) the event will gather more than 5,000 maritime professionals including high-level delegates from port authorities, industry leaders and maritime experts. An exciting week of events that includes the prestigious Malaysian World Maritime Week 2017. With activity aimed at local businesses plus a spectacular line up of focused maritime events and activities.

Attached are the link as follows to download the attachment.

For further enquiries, please refer to the following:

Malaysia World Maritime Week 2017 International Conference:

Audi Zharif Aizat Bin Ismail (MASA Secretariat) 


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Green Shipping Conference 2017;

Muhammad Fahmi Ismail (MASA Secretariat)  fahmi@masa.org.my

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Malaysia World Maritime Week 2017 Business Exhibition Fair;

Fairuz Ramdzan (MASA Secretariat) fairuzramdzan@masa.org.my

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MASA Annual Dinner 2017 in conjunction with Malaysia World Maritime Week 2017;

Faridah Abdul (MASA Secretariat)


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IKMAL Golf Tournament in conjunction with Malaysia World Maritime Week 2017;

Nur Luthfi (IKMAL Secretariat)  



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Cooperative Notes Signing Ceremony between MASA and Royal Malaysian Navy, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and Marine Police Force

Malaysia Shipowners’ Association (MASA) and Malaysia national maritime security agencies have taken a step forward with the signing of a Cooperative Notes that was held at LIMA March ago, for linking collaboration in strengthening maritime security and prosperity of the maritime community in Malaysian waters. The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Deputy Minister of Transport of Malaysia YB Dato ‘Ab. Aziz Kaprawi.

MASA would like to extend high gratitude to our ‘3 strong ‘muafakat’ cooperation – Royal Malaysian Navy, Malaysian Coast Guard and Royal Malaysian Police Marine for a successful collaboration which has brought towards a glowing and timely event such as this. Each agency has a history of collaboration and MASA heartened that this spirit of cooperation and friendship is strong and it certainly augurs well not only for the partnership but also for the benefit to all maritime fraternity in managing any issues pertaining to any safety and security to ensure the safe, secure and free passage of vessels through major sea-lanes of communication in Malaysia.

The initiative began when MASA courtesy visit to meet with Malaysian maritime security agencies to discuss the issues of maritime safety in Malaysia. The result of the meeting, all parties involved have agreed to sign a Cooperative Notes which will form further collaborative networks between MASA and agency maritime security agencies in Malaysia to strengthen maritime security and prosperity of the maritime community in Malaysian waters.

MASA International Activities 2015

International Maritime Organization (IMO)

IMO Maritime Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) 68th Session was held on 15th May 2015 where MASA Vice President, YBhg. Dato’ Ir. Abdul Hak Amin represented MASA.

Below is the Meeting Summary for the aforementioned session:

• MARPOL Annex I amendments relating to oil residues adopted

• Extension of Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait PSSA adopted

• Ballast water management status and technologies reviewed

• Further development of energy-efficiency guidelines for ships

• EEDI review work to continue

• GHG reduction target for international shipping considered

• Revised air pollution guidance and requirements agreed

• Fuel oil availability review to be initiated this year

• Fuel oil quality correspondence group re-established

• Black carbon definition agreed

• Ship recycling convention – IHM Guidelines adopted

• Oil spill response guidance approved

IMO Maritime Security Committee (MSC) 95th Session was held on 12th June 2015. Mr. Hazrin Hassan represented MASA for the session.

Below is the summary of the session:

• IGF Code adopted

• Venting amendments adopted

• IMSBC Code amendments adopted, guidance approved

• Unsafe mixed migration by sea

• Passenger ship safety – draft SOLAS amendments on evacuation analysis approved

• Cyber security matters referred to MSC 96 and FAL 40

• Circular on definition of “high risk” piracy area agreed

• Ship-routing measures adopted

• Approval of amendments for future adoption

• Goal-based standards – work plan for further work on GBS-SLA agreed

• Guidelines and circulars approved

• The MSC approved a number of circulars giving guidance and guidelines

• Carrying industrial personnel – standards to be developed

• Standards for new onboard lifting appliances and winches to be developed

• IUU fishing – joint working group to meet in November

29th IMO General Assembly

The 29th Assembly of IMO was held in London at IMO Headquarters from 23 November to 2 December 2015. All 171 Member States and three Associate Members are entitled to attend the Assembly, which is IMO’s highest governing body. The intergovernmental organizations with which agreements of co-operation have been concluded and international non-governmental organizations in consultative status with IMO are also invited to attend.

The Assembly normally meets once every two years in regular session. It is responsible for approving the work programme, voting the budget and determining the financial arrangements of the Organization. It also elects the Organization’s 40-Member Council.

The Assembly of the International Maritime Organization has elected the following States to be Members of its Council for the 2016-2017 biennium:

Category (a) 10 States with the largest interest in providing international shipping services: China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Norway, Panama, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States.

Category (b) 10 States with the largest interest in international seaborne trade: Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden.

Category (c) 20 States not elected under (a) or (b) above, which have special interests in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the Council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world:

Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Chile, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey.

MASA Engagement With Government Agencies 2015

Dialogue with Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd

MASA has been meeting with Sabah Ports Sdn Bhd to discuss and find a way forward for some of reports whereby Sabah Ports users are experiencing slow movement, resulting long berthing time. The discussion proved fruitful as Sabah Ports complies to provide the standard reporting using International Standard as well as taking necessary steps to improve their efficiency.

Meeting with MATRADE on KPI for National Export Strategy for OSV

Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) called MASA for a session to verify the Key Performance Index of the National Export Strategy for Offshore Supply Vessel Services. The meeting, which was held on 10th April 2015 was attended by MASA EXCO Member, Capt. Mizan Redzwan and MASA Secretariat. MATRADE has taken the initiative to facilitate the export of Oil & Gas services overseas under NES program. However there are some discrepancy on the data collected by MATRADE which shows that Malaysia is a net exporter for OSV services. Capt. Mizan corrected the impression by highlighting the DSLE statistics which clearly shows that Malaysia is in fact still reliant on foreign flagged services. MATRADE has targeted to seek alternative for the scenario for OSV players to be ready to export their services by 2018.

Straits Platts Presentation

Singapore is key base location for many of Platts oil products assessment. However, further expansion of Singapore on-land oil storage is likely to be limited, while the growth plans in nearby Johor and the Riau Island mean trading of products as well as the benchmarks that reflect the activity has spilled beyond and into new frontiers. Therefore, Platts FOB Singapore oil benchmarks plans to reflect those regional terminals as FOB Straits.


FOB Straits encompasses terminals beyond Singapore’s borders. Therefore, a talk was set up by MASA on 16th March 2015 to set the stage for Platts to present the FOB Straits to Malaysia owners. The presentation was delivered by Mr. Jonty Rushforth from ATT Platts. Among present were MASA members as well as government officials from KPDNKK, and also representatives from Petronas.

Meeting with YBhg. Dato’ Dr. Mohd Isa Hussain, Secretary of Government Investment Company (GIC) Division, Ministry of Finance

MASA Chairman have met with GIC Secretary, YBhg. Dato’ Mohd Isa Hussain on 29th May 2015. The meeting discussed on Maritime Fund that is manged by Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad. MASA proposed that MOF to find ways to assist ailing Malaysia shipowners in need of financial assistance using the Maritime Fund.

Sarawak EPU Stakeholders Consultation

Sarawak State Planning Unit has organized a stakeholders’ meeting on crafting the National Transport Strategy on 21st January 2015 in Kuching. The meeting was attended by Mr. James Ong.

Discussion on Malaysia Ship registry vs MISR with Petronas at MOT

MOT called MASA and Petronas for a discussion regarding issues raised by MASA and OSV Malaysia regarding Malaysia Ship Registry vs MISR. Petronas (Group Supply Chain Management, Finance Division). The discussion is to clarify to Petronas about MSR & MISR along with the difference between the two. Mardep told the meeting that MISR ships currently stands at about 55 vessels with 54 of them being OSV. MASA and OSV pointed out that Petronas should consider to charter MSR vessel as Tier 1 before considering MISR on 2nd Tier and then foreign vessel. MOT also shared their initiative to define MISR as vessel plying outside Malaysia waters.

Meeting Regarding Proposal To Have Self-Defense Training With Paskal At MOT.

Following on the proposal by Minister of Defense during Cabinet Meeting, a meeting was called to discuss the feasibility of self-defense training for seafarers by PASKAL. The meeting agreed that fighting off or against pirate attackers is very dangerous and that seafarers already have guidelines such as DDD (Detect, Deter, Defend). Hardening measures is also a more acceptable option as explained by one of MASA members present. The meeting therefore unanimously agreed that fighting attackers’ onboard ships brings more harm than good, specifically to the safety of its crew.

Program Sahabat Maritim APMM – MASA

“Program Sahabat Maritim” is a collaborative effort between APMM and MASA to achieve a number of objectives. Among the objectives of this conference programme are to establish a better understanding of maritime development & activities in the southern region to learn compliance requirements (Standard Operating Procedure) for merchant vessels entering Malaysian waters for any activities. In addition, the full day programme is to foster a sense of responsibility to the community of merchant ships in the distribution of important information. especially which involves cases of piracy and sea robbery. This conference also aims to create network between APMM, MASA and the merchant ship community. The conference was held on 28th October 2015 at Grand Paragon Hotel, Johor Bahru. A total of 125 pax of participants attended the conference.

Tripartite Committee Meeting for MLC 2006

Since the Convention came into force in 2013, MASA has been actively participating in efforts of the Marine Department to implement the Convention. The Association is involved in the thorough discussion between a tripartite between the regulators, shipowners and seafarers union in the revision of the provisions of MLC 2006 which covers the whole aspect of the convention.

In 2015, the first Tripartite Meeting of the MLC 2006 was held on 10th February 2015 at Marine Department Malaysia. The purpose of this meeting is essentially to exchange information regarding steps that Members of the tripartite have taken to implement the MLC 2006 and also identify any matters and issues particularly any difficulties regarding application to the convention.

Following to the MLC Tripartite Meeting held last 10th February 2015, MASA together with Sabah Sarawak Shipowners Association, Marine Department and Shipbuilders Representative had another meeting in Sibu to discuss on the Exemption List Under Title 3 from Para 8 to 21 in the MLC 2006.

Seafarer Day 2015

The Day of the Seafarer is an annual event recognized by the United Nations that was adopted in 2010 at the IMO Diplomatic Conference of Parties to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) held in Manila, Philippines.

Every year, MASA never missed to participate and celebrate this significant day which organized by the Marine Department Malaysia. For 2015, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) decided that the focus of the Day of the Seafarer celebration would be on maritime education in order to increase awareness among younger people and to encourage them to pursue a fulfilling career at sea.

The event was officiated by Ministry of Transport Secretary General, YBhg. Datuk Dr Ismail Hj Bakar. In his remarks, he thanked the organizers for holding the event to recognize the important contribution of seafarers to shipping, international trade and the world economy. He noted that 90% of trade relies on shipping and that global commerce would come to complete halt if not for the hard work and sacrifices of seafarers.

For this year, MASA was appointed as F&B committee and the Association would like to thank to our members, Rising Star Shipping Sdn Bhd, Jumewah Shipping Sdn Bhd, PBJV Group Sdn Bhd, STK Shipping Logistics Sdn Bhd, Bureau Veritas (M) Sdn Bhd and Argo Engineering Sdn Bhd who have sponsored and supported the event. For Seafarers Fund, this year MASA had contributed to two (2) unfortunate ex seafarers: En. Zulkefli bin Saadon and En. Ahmad bin Iskandar during the event in the form of Mock Cheque, delivered by MASA EXCO En. Faizul Ismail.

MASA Seafarer Committee Meeting 1/2016

The first kick-off meeting was held on 11th March at Malaysia Maritime Academy (ALAM), Malacca. All 2014 pending matters have been discussed in this meeting. First issue is on the training berth on offshore support vessel (OSV) especially for Petronas Project.

Second issue is on the acceptance of full seatime for cadet serving on board OSV. This proposal is to get recognition by the Marine Department for ships OSV and near coastal in provide training to the cadets and sea berth time for seaman. On 14th April, a meeting with MOT, MARDEPT and MOT was held to discuss the matter. The meeting had decided that MARDEPT is recognized the cadet who work or ongoing training sea berth on OSV 500 GT and above.

Third issue is on the fast track OSV Bridging Programme. The proposal should indicate the bridging program training matrix from maritime to offshore. The bridging program should reduce the onshore program to 3 months period instead of 6 months and the candidates can commence their 9 months onboard training on offshore OSV soonest they complete the shore based training. This program should shorten the rank downgrading period from the current 2 years to 1 year.

DSL Board Meeting

Domestic Shipping Licensing Board (DSLB) Meeting is one of the meeting to be convened each year and meeting members are appointed by the Minister of Transport in accordance with the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952 (MSO 1952) Section 65B. Among the functions of the board are to monitor the issuance of licenses to the shipping company in accordance with the MSO in 1952, regulates the rules related to Domestic Shipping Licensing and considering the recommendations and amendments policy formation related to Domestic Shipping Licensing.

For 2015, DSL Board Meeting was held on 7th January and MASA has raised and proposed several matters which are:

1. Proposal to impose charge for MASA Non-Member for DSLE application

2. Proposal to Enhance Existing SOP for DSLE application.

Both proposals will be presented in Board again scheduled on the next DSLB Meeting.


MASA Regional Activities 2015

Ministry of Transport Malaysia (MOT) recognized MASA as the representative of shipping industry. MOT have invited MASA to join as Malaysian delegates for:

1. ASEAN Maritime Transport Working Group

2. International Maritime Organization

MASA is a founding member of Federation of ASEAN Shipowners’ Association (FASA), an association which is present to protect the interest of ASEAN Shipowners. MASA has been very vocal in highlighting the concerns of ASEAN Shipowners in general.

ASEAN 29th Maritime Transport Working Group (MTWG) Meeting

MASA was invited by Ministry of Transport Malaysia as Malaysian delegates representing Shipowners’ to join the ASEAN MTWG meeting which was held in Sihanouk Ville & Phnom Penh, Cambodia. MASA was also invited to the meeting under the banner of FASA. Ir. Nordin Mat Yusoff, MASA Chairman was present as an EXCO Member of FASA for the meeting.

Piracy / Armed Robbery In ASEAN Waters

MASA under the banner of FASA have voiced out the concern for the rise of maritime related crimes which are hampering the Straits of Malacca and South China Sea. This is to echo the recent events where a Malaysian Registered Ship was captured by armed robbers who were trying to sell the cargo off. The rise of crimes is worrisome to the shipowners, as lives of their crew are at stake. FASA have called out for ASEAN countries to work together to fight off the rise of criminal activity in ASEAN waters to prevent the recurrence of ASEAN waters to again declared as War Risk Zone back in 2005. This would have a real and adverse impact on all vessels sailing in ASEAN waters.

Ballast Water Management Convention

With the advent of Ballast Water Management Convention that will enter into force very soon, the meeting noted FASA’s statement on Ballast Water Convention, particularly on the concern from maritime industry with regard to high cost of compliance to BWM Convention. FASA urged ASEAN Member States to expedite the development of a Regional Strategy and Action Plan to implement the Ballast Water Management Convention, to allow exemptions for vessels plying exclusively within ASEAN waters from the burdensome BWM requirements. FASA’s concern has been addressed in the ASEAN Transport Strategic Plan 2016-2025.

8th Cooperation Forum under the Cooperative Mechanism on Safety of Navigation and Environmental Protection in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore

MASA was invited to join as the industry representative for the 8th Cooperation Forum which is held at Resorts World Sentosa. MASA Secretary General and General Manager was present for the Forum.

ASIAN Shipowners Forum (ASF)

Federation of ASEAN Shipowners’ Association (FASA) is a member of the ASIAN SHIPOWNERS FORUM. This year, ASF held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 18th to 20th May 2015 at Haevichi Hotel & Resort, Jeju Island, South Korea. MASA, under delegation of FASA attended the ASF AGM.

ASF Safe Navigation and Environment Committee (SNEC)

Interim Meeting was held on 23rd March 2015 at Amara Hotel, Singapore. MASA Chairman, Ir. Nordin Mat Yusoff attended the meeting. ASF Shipping Economic Review Committee (SERC) Interim Meeting was held on Shang-ri La Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Attendees present are Ir. Nordin Mat Yusoff, Mr. James Ong, YBhg. Dato’ Loo Son Yong, En. Faizul Ismail and Capt. Johari.

Federation of ASEAN Shipowners’ Association (FASA)

Being a focal point for shipowners’ in ASEAN countries, FASA plays a role in highlighting concerns and wishes of ASEAN shipowners. FASA held its Annual General Meeting on November 23rd. The meeting was attended by MASA Honorary Treasurer, Capt. Johari Mohd Noh and MASA General Manager, Mr. Shaharuzzaman Baharum.