The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore on Wednesday (26 February) released three shipping circulars focusing on management of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation at the republic to its shipping industry.
The Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak on Singapore-registered ships document notes MPA recognising owners and managers of Singapore-registered ships (SRS) facing challenges in meeting various statutory requirements under the Merchant Shipping Acts and its subsidiary legislations.
As such, MPA will now offer “favourable consideration and expedited approval” for seafarers to apply for extensions of sea service beyond the contractual period, and extensions of sea service period beyond qualification revalidation deadline.
The development also includes an extension of mandatory statutory surveys, inspections or audits of ships.
The Maritime Declaration of Health circular, meanwhile, mandates the compulsory maritime health declaration by vessels to the Port Health Unit under the National Environment Agency and the MPA for all arriving vessels and crew/passengers from China and South Korea under certain conditions.
The Extension of Precautionary Measures to Minimise Risk of Community Spread of COVID-19 in Singapore issues further advice to SRS owners and managers and the shipping community, while updating on industry-led initiatives and measures by port terminal operators to prevent the domestic spread of COVID-19.
The above documents can be downloaded via the following links:
Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 27 February, 2020
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