As Singapore moves into Phase Two of Safe Transition, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has on Thursday (18 June) updated its requirements for crew change for cargo ships in the Port of Singapore and the resumption of specific activities onboard pleasure craft subject to safe distancing requirements.
MPA says it will also enhance support to seafarers working onboard Singapore-registered ships (SRS), it has approved about 6,000 crew changes for cargo ships since 27 March 2020, it added.
For crew change applications made from 19 June 2020, MPA has designated two facilities to accommodate crew who are unable to transfer directly to his/her vessel or flight and require a temporary rest area of up to 48 hours.
In addition, to facilitate crew signing off in Singapore, technology such as tele-medicine consultations can be used to obtain a fit-to-travel certificate, it noted.
Given the high volume of crew change applications, MPA states it will accord priority for crew change in Singapore to SRS.
All SRS will be allowed to carry out crew change in Singapore if they meet all prevailing requirements.
SRS may face difficulties in repatriating their crew at foreign ports. Where possible, MPA, as the flag administration, can help to contact the relevant port authorities and request for assistance to be rendered.
With effect from 19 June 2020, the port authority said it will ease some restrictions on the movements and activities of pleasure craft in the Port of Singapore.
The full press release and its accompanying circulars are available here.
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Published: 19 June, 2020
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