The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Friday (28 August) said it will be taking enhanced measures to further secure safe port operations and facilitate crew change.
This will allow essential goods to continue to flow through the Port of Singapore, and Singapore to play its part in the global supply chain, it said.
On top of the precautionary safety measures for working in port, the MPA is notably setting up a floating Crew Facilitation Centre to house crew prior to boarding their vessels and a SGD 1 million fund to support safe crew change initiatives.
Details on the MPA’s measures taken and future plans for facilitating safe crew change are as follows:
Enhanced Precautionary Measures in the Port
Enhanced Crew Change Procedures
Crew Facilitation Centre
More Streamlined Crew Change Procedures
MPA will continue to work with the industry to review our crew change procedures to adapt to the fast-changing situation relating to COVID-19. MPA reminds the industry – ship owners, managers and agents – to continue to play its part to carry out safe crew changes.
Singapore Shipping Tripartite Alliance Resilience (SG-STAR) Fund
“This has been a trying time for seafarers. They have been working tirelessly to keep goods flowing around the world. But due to health and safety concerns, many have encountered difficulties to call on ports and undergo crew change, and that has severely affected their well-being,” said Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Transport.
“It is therefore very important for all stakeholders to come together to ensure safe port operations and safe crew changes.
“This dedicated facility for crew change and the Fund are the results of the collaboration between MPA, industry associations and seafarer unions. As shipping is a global business, we hope that more ports and stakeholders will join us in such initiatives, so that seafarers can continue their work and keep the supply lines of the world open.”
A full copy of the release and accompanying attachments is available here.
Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 31 August, 2020
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