The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Tuesday (25 July) published an advisory on updated procedures, precautionary measures and guidelines for any marine service providers attending to vessels at the port of Singapore:
ADVISORY ON MARINE SERVICE PROVIDERS ATTENDING TO VESSELS AT ANCHORAGES AND TERMINALS IN THE PORT OF SINGAPORE
Singapore continues to take a calibrated and risk-based approach in determining the precautions and measures for the COVID-19 pandemic. The owner, agent or master of any vessel arriving in the Port of Singapore to conduct activities such as repairs, servicing, surveys and inspections which requires shore-based personnel to board the vessel, other than receiving bunkers and ship supplies, must notify and provide the relevant information, in advance, to the Port Master.
The owner, agent or master of the vessel must inform the Port Master 3 days before the arrival of the vessel, that the vessel will be conducting the activities mentioned in paragraph 1, and whether shore-based personnel (such as surveyors, P&I correspondents, superintendents and repair technicians) will be boarding the vessel at the anchorages or terminals. The following information shall be submitted:
Please refer to Annex A for the template submission
The information is to be submitted to the Duty Officer, Marine Safety Control Centre, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The owner, agent or master of any vessel who fails to notify and submit the required information within the stipulated time may be found guilty of a breach of Section 44 of the Maritime and Port Authority Act (Chapter 170A) and be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000.
Precautionary Measures for Marine Service Providers Boarding Vessels in Port
Shore-based personnel cannot board the vessel if no advance notice was given. For vessels which have given the required advance notice, shore-based personnel who are boarding the vessel are reminded to:
For vessels which have shore-based personnel boarding, the vessel should adopt the following measures:
Precautionary Measures for Vessels with Marine Service Providers Boarding in Port
|See a doctor if you are sick and stay at home
Leave the work area immediately if you
|Don’t go to work even if symptoms appear mild|
|Do request for a designated work and rest area
Shorten the duration of stay on board to
|Don’t loiter in the crew living or common areas
No overnight stays on board visiting vessel
|A mask must be worn at all times (unless the work
activity requires that no mask be worn).
In addition, to wear other appropriate Personal
|Do not reuse used PPE, and dispose PPE in
designated biohazard disposal bin
|Practice safe distancing (at least 2 metres apart)
and avoid physical contact with vessel’s crew
|Don’t shake hands. Adopt alternative greetings|
|Observe good personal hygiene such as frequent
washing of hands with soap or use hand sanitisers
|Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth|
|Bring and consume your own individually
packed food and drinks
Consume your meals separate from
|Do not consume food and beverages f
rom the vessel
Do not share food with others
Companies wishing to implement additional preventive measures in line with their respective company policies should ensure these additional measures comply with prevailing standards/procedures applicable in the Port of Singapore.
We thank all stakeholders for their 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.
A full copy of the circular is available for download here.
Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 25 August, 2020
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