Port of Singapore Authority Act

(Original Enactment: Ordinance 36 of 1963)

(30th March 1987)
An Act to establish a corporation to be known as the Port of Singapore Authority and to provide for matters incidental thereto.
[1st April 1964: Parts I, II, III and VII ;
1st May 1964: Parts IV, V, VIII, IX, XI, XII, XIV and XV ;
1st October 1975: Part VI ;
26th February 1971: Part X ;
1st April 1973: Parts XIII ]
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the Port of Singapore Authority Act.
2.  In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“animal” means any animate thing of every kind except human beings;
“Authority” means the Port of Singapore Authority established under section 4;
“Authority pilot” means a pilot employed by the Authority pursuant to section 86;
“beacon” means a prominent specially constructed object forming a conspicuous mark as a fixed aid to navigation;
“buoy” includes a floating object of any size, shape and colour which is moored to the seabed and serves as an aid to navigation or for other specific purposes;
“Chairman” means the Chairman of the Authority for the time being and includes any Deputy Chairman appointed by the Minister under the provisions of this Act;
“container” means a receptacle 6.1 metres or more in length equipped with corner castings to facilitate handling by mechanical equipment;
“dock” means an artificial excavation or construction in which vessels can be placed for loading, unloading, fitting out or repairing and includes gridirons, slips, keel blocks, inclined planes and all machinery, works, fixtures and things whatsoever attached or pertaining thereto;
“dues” includes port dues, goods dues and pilotage dues levied under this Act but does not include rates;
“Executive Director” means the Executive Director appointed under section 29 and includes any person for the time being performing the functions of the Executive Director;
“functions” includes powers and duties;
“goods” includes animals, carcases, baggage, containers and any other movable property of any kind whatsoever;
“harbour craft” means any vessel which is used within the port for any purpose;
“lighthouse” means a distinctive structure on or off a coast exhibiting a major light designed to serve as an aid to navigation;
“master” includes every person, except a pilot, having command or charge of any vessel;
“owner”, when used in relation to goods, includes any consignor, consignee, shipper or agent of the owner for the sale, custody, loading, handling, discharge or delivery of such goods; and, when used in relation to any vessel, includes any part-owner, charterer, operator, consignee or mortgagee in possession thereof or any duly authorised agent of any such person;
“passenger” has the same meaning as in the Merchant Shipping Act [Cap. 179];
“pilot” means any person not belonging to a vessel who has the conduct thereof;
“Pilotage Committee” means the Pilotage Committee appointed under section 87;
“pilotage district” means any area in the port declared under section 83 to be a pilotage district;
“port” means any place in Singapore and any navigable river or channel leading into such place declared to be the port under section 3;
“port dues” means dues levied in respect of a vessel for entering, using, leaving or plying in the port;
“Port Master” means the Port Master appointed under section 30 and includes any Deputy Port Master appointed under that section;
“premises” includes messuages, houses, buildings, lands, tenements, easements and hereditaments of any tenure, whether open or enclosed, whether built on or not, whether public or private, and whether maintained or not under statutory authority;
“private wharf or dock” means any wharf or dock not owned or operated by the Authority;
“rates” means any rates or charges leviable by the Authority under this Act and includes any toll or rent, but does not include dues;
“Singapore Harbour Board” means the Singapore Harbour Board constituted under the Ports Ordinance [1955 Ed. Cap. 208] repealed by this Act;
“train” includes locomotive, engine, tender, wagon, trolley and rolling stock of all kinds used, whether separately or in conjunction, on a railway;
“vehicle” means any vehicle other than a train or vessel;
“vessel” includes any ship or boat or air-cushioned vehicle or floating rig or platform used in any form of operations at sea or any other description of vessel;
“wharf” includes a quay, pier, jetty, ramp or other landing place.
[10/73; 25/86]
Declaration of ports
3.—(1)  The Minister may, after consultation with the Authority and by notification in the Gazette, declare any place in Singapore and any navigable river or waters leading into such place to be the port within the meaning of this Act.
(2)  Every declaration under subsection (1) shall define the limits of the port.