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MPA eases COVID-19 restrictions for vessels in Port of Singapore

31 Aug 2022

he Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Tuesday (30 August) issued Port Marine Circular No. 20 of 2022 which updates the easing of COVID-19 restrictions for vessels in the Port of Singapore. Amongst changes were the revision of requirements for wearing of mask for persons onboard vessels in port.

The contents of PMC No. 20 of 2022 are as follows:

COVID-19 MEASURES FOR VESSELS IN THE PORT OF SINGAPORE

This circular supersedes Port Marine Circular No. 12 of 2022 and updates the easing of COVID-19 restrictions for vessels in the Port of Singapore

The owner, master, or agent of the vessels calling the Port of Singapore shall inform MPA (email: [email protected]) and NEA Port Health Section (email: [email protected]) if any vessel’s crew tests COVID-19 positive. These vessels are strongly encouraged to carry out contactless operations or contactless operations with segregation protocol. Please refer to ANNEX A for details on contactless operations and contactless operations with segregation protocol.

The requirements for wearing of mask for persons onboard vessels in port have been revised and is set out in ANNEX B of this circular.

For clarification on this circular, please email [email protected] or call 6325- 2488/2489.

ANNEX A Contactless operations and contactless operations with segregation protocol

Owners, agents and masters of vessels are strongly encouraged to conduct all port operations (e.g. cargo operations, bunkering, ship’s supplies and stores, and other marine services) are carried out contactless or contactless with segregation protocol.

Contactless Operations

In circumstance where a contactless operation is required, no person is to board the visiting vessel except MPA-licensed harbour pilots, authorised government officers, and persons approved by the Port Master.

Parties involved in a contactless operation must minimally ensure the following:
a)  Communicate and/or send documents by telephone text message or email.
b)  If items must be transferred from one vessel to another (e.g. securing of mooring, ship supplies; certain documents like bunker delivery note etc), disinfect these items and equipment thoroughly before and after the transfer.

For transferring of supplies, the owner, master and/or agent of visiting vessels and the services provider involved must ensure the following:
a)  The supply boat’s crew must not board the visiting vessel;
b)  Disinfect equipment used for the transfer of supplies thoroughly before and after the transfer; and
c)  Communicate and/or send documents by telephone text message or email.

Contactless Operations with Segregation Protocol

If it is necessary for shore-based personnel to board the vessel, segregation protocol should be in place to minimise interactions between the vessel’s crew and shore-based personnel. Examples of contactless operations with segregation protocols are bunkering, cargo operations and tank cleaning. Owners, agents and masters of vessels are required to work with the destination terminals to agree on the segregation protocol before the operations commence.

Parties involved in a contactless operation with segregation protocol should ensure the following:

a) Communicate and/or send documents by telephone text or email.
b) If items are to be transferred from one vessel to another (e.g. securing of mooring, ship supplies etc), disinfect the items and equipment used for the transfer, before and after the transfer;
c) Vessel’s crew to remain in crew accommodation except to keep gangway watch or to carry out essential activities such as tending to mooring ropes;
d) If vessel’s crew are required to go on deck, their movements are to be restricted to the seaward side of the deck

 

Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 31 August, 2022

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