Enhancing Safety Measures in the Port of Singapore
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is enhancing safety measures in the Port of Singapore, in view of the heightened risks of importing COVID-19 cases into Singapore.
On crew change, Singapore is facilitating an average of about 300 cases of crew change per day in July. These crew changes are facilitated through the safe corridor procedures as detailed in the Singapore Crew Change Guidebook. This Guidebook was developed by an industry taskforce led by the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), in partnership with the Singapore Maritime Officers Union and supported by MPA.
Singapore has seen three cases within one week, where crew members scheduled to sign-on to ocean-going cargo ships were found to be COVID-19 positive upon arrival. This has prevented the shipping companies concerned from conducting successful crew changes. Resources were also put in to isolate and minimise the probability of any spread of the virus to others including fellow crew members.
MPA is working with the industry taskforce to provide more detailed guidelines on the safe-corridor procedures to safeguard the crew change process including the need to self-isolate while serving the 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN), to ensure accurate COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test, and direct transfers from airport to ship for the crew while in Singapore to minimise contact.
MPA would like to urge the industry ship owners, managers and agents to play its part to carry out safe crew changes. As th....