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MPA updates Antigen Rapid Test requirements for personnel boarding certain vessels

17 Jun 2021

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Wednesday (16 June) issued Port Marine Circular (PMC) No. 24 of 2021 which updates requirements for vessels arriving from countries with sustained increase in Covid-19 cases.

Amongst updates is a change in the Antigen Rapid Test (ART) requirements for Singapore shore-based personnel boarding vessels from countries with sustained increase in COVID-19 cases; specifically: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

“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,” states MPA.

“In addition, the shore-based personnel are required to take an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) on the third (3rd) or fourth (4th) day of the 7-day RRT cycle.

“The ART may be taken at any of the MOH-approved COVID-19 test providers (LINK). The owner, agent, or master of vessel is not required to submit the details of the shore-based personnel boarding the vessel.”

Note: The complete PMC No. 24 of 2021 together with its other updates can be downloaded from this link.

 

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

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