The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Saturday (29 August) published a notice to the Singapore bunkering industry outlining some additional precautionary measures that should be observed when conducting their respective duties during bunker delivery operations at port to minimise the risk of contracting Covid-19:
Interim Precautionary Measures to Minimise Risk of Contracting COVID-19 During Bunkering Operations in Port of Singapore
This notice serves to inform all MPA licensed bunker suppliers, bunker craft operators and bunker surveying companies on the interim precautionary measures to be implemented to minimise the risk of contracting COVID-19 during bunkering operations in the Port of Singapore.
The following interim precautionary measures should be considered by cargo officers (bunker clerks), bunker craft crew and bunker surveyors (if engaged) when conducting their respective duties during bunker delivery operations to visiting vessels. These additional measures are drawn in consultation with the Singapore Shipping Association and Singapore’s Ministry of Health.
Cargo officers, bunker tanker crew and bunker surveyors, as appropriate, should:
In addition to the above, companies are strongly encouraged to further minimise unnecessary exposure and mitigate the risk of contracting COVID-19 during bunkering operations, and the following personnel should comply with the following measures as far as practicable. To prevent any operational delays, it is strongly advised that proper communication between the relevant parties (bunker buyer, bunker supplier, bunker craft operator, visiting vessel crew, bunker crew, cargo officer, bunker surveyor, ship agent etc.) on the interim precautionary measures to be adopted are conducted prior to the visiting vessel’s arrival in the Port of Singapore. Upon request by the Master of the bunker craft and/or bunker craft operator, the Master/owner/operator/agent of the visiting vessel should provide the Maritime Declaration of Health to them for their information.
The above list of interim precautionary measures is not exhaustive, and individual supplier/craft operator/bunker surveyor companies may wish to take other reasonable precautionary measures to minimise the risk of contracting COVID-19 to their personnel, while ensuring that bunkering operations in Singapore continue to be reliable, efficient and transparent.
As was separately communicated by MPA, we would like to remind those companies that are yet to make a one-time submission of your Safe Management Measures (SMM) for company personnel boarding vessels calling into Singapore port to MPA at BSD@mpa.gov.sg by 07 Sept 2020. Companies to only resubmit their SMM when there are any new revisions made to the measures in place.
We thank all stakeholders for your continuous efforts in ensuring that Singapore’s port operations remain uninterrupted and efficient. We also urge all to remain vigilant, resolute and united in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.
Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 1 September, 2020
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