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 Dinner

MASA Engagement Dinner with MMEA, TLDM, Malaysia Police Marine, MarDept, Sabah Port, SSSA and MASA Members from Sabah & Sarawak.

Special thanks to YBhg Dato Harris Haji Anuar Tan, CEO of Asian Supply Base Sdn. Bhd. also as EXCO for Sabah Representative for the dinner treat.


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