Singapore reduces passenger ship port charges to reduce financial impact of Covid-19

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has reduced port charges for passenger cruise vessels by 50% in order to provide financial relief to vessel owners and operators who have seen a drop in passenger volumes as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

The measure was part of a Covid-19 relief package announced on Tuesday February 18th by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat.

The port authority said that the reduction would apply from March 1st to August 31st and would be on top of all existing port dues concessions.

“All cruise vessels and regional ferries with a port stay of not more than five days, and passenger-carrying harbour craft, will qualify for the new concession. It is expected to benefit more than 600 cruise vessels, regional ferries and passenger-carrying harbour craft, bringing total savings of more than US$1m in the six-month period,” the MPA said.

MPA Singapore started carrying out temperature screening for inbound travellers on January 24th at all sea checkpoints, including ferry and cruise terminals, PSA Terminals and Jurong Port.