As a result of Singapore moving into Phase Two of re-opening, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has updated the crew change requirements for cargo ships in the Port of Singapore.
June 19th MPA has designated two facilities to accommodate crew who are unable to transfer directly to their vessel or flight and therefore who require a temporary rest area for 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.
All of this means that ships, after signing off crew and obtaining port clearance, need not remain in port until the sign-off crew have departed Singapore. Ship managers/agents shall be responsible for ensuring that the crew change is effected according to MPA’s requirements.
The revised version, once approved by the relevant parties, will be shared with the maritime community and uploaded on the SSA website.