Impact of Covid-19: outbreak on Singapore-registered ships

Singapore’s marine port authority (MPA) has said that, in view of the ongoing Covid-19 situation, it understood that owners and managers of Singapore-registered ships (SRS) were facing challenges in meeting various statutory requirements under the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) Act (the MLC Act), the Merchant Shipping Act and the subsidiary legislations.

These challenges might include the timely repatriation of seafarers onboard SRS at the end of the period in the seafarer’s employment agreement (SEA), deployment of seafarers who were not able to obtain revalidation from training institutes for their expiring certifications, inability to obtain shipyard dry-docking services, inability to carry out mandatory periodical surveys, audits and inspections in time, etc.

The MPA said that it empathized with the situation faced by the owners and managers of SRS and desired “to take a pragmatic approach to assist the industry in overcoming these challenges”.

Details at:

https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/detail/8ac81725-f1de-4015-b5cd-0b474e11b92b