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MPA: Requirements for vessels arriving from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka

17 May 2021

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Saturday (15 May) issued a Port Marine Circular (No. 20 of 2021) updating requirements for vessels arriving from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka (ANNEX A):

Owners, masters and agents of vessels arriving in the Port of Singapore must ensure that all operations are carried out contactless or contactless with segregation protocol. Please read this circular together with Port Marine Circular 19 of 2020 Requirements for Vessels arriving in Port of Singapore during COVID-19.

In addition, for vessels arriving in the Port of Singapore within 21 days from any of the countries listed in ANNEX A and require shore-based personnel at any time to board and conduct activities, the following must be done:

Master of the vessel must declare via (LINK)

  • Crew members, including the master, did not have shore leave and physical interaction with any individual other than their own crew when calling at any port in a country listed in ANNEX A; and
  • The vessel did not sign on any new crew in the last 21 days.

Owner, agent, master of the vessel must submit via (LINK)

  • A list of shore-based personnel boarding the vessel (i.e. name, company, contact details, particulars, and purpose of boarding).

Where shore-based personnel are required to board the vessel, the shore-based personnel must be on a 7-day Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) programme.

After disembarking, the shore-based personnel must take an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) between the 3rd and 4th day unless the upcoming RRT falls on the same day. The costs of the ART are to be borne by the shore-based personnel or their employers. The copy of the ART test result is to be submitted to pms_art@mpa.gov.sg.

Vessels entering shipyards under the Ship Repair Framework must comply with the Economic Development Board and Enterprise Singapore’s Heightened Mandatory Precautionary Measures. Owners, agents, masters of vessels may contact the shipyards for more information.

Please contact the Marine Safety Control Centre (Tel: 6325-2488/2489, email: pms@mpa.gov.sg) for any clarification needed on this circular.

Note: The full Port Marine Circular (No. 20 of 2021) may be obtained here.

 

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 17 May, 2021

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