Self-quarantine is crucial for crew change in Singapore

Overview

Following an incident where a crew member was diagnosed with COVID-19 upon arrival in Singapore, the Singapore Shipowners Association is reiterating the importance of self-quarantine.

Facilitating crew change in Singapore has been possible with various restrictions since 22 May. Since the release of the new crew change regulation, 14 days of self-quarantine has been a requirement for all crew arriving in Singapore due to the perceived incubation period of COVID-19.

Recently, a crew member was diagnosed with COVID-19 upon arrival and the health authorities in Singapore were engaged to trace all potential contacts to mitigate a potential new outbreak.

“We cannot afford to have a second incident that may jeopardise the entire industry,” Mr. Michael Phoon, Executive Director of the Singapore Shipowners Association said in a message to the association’s members. The message was relayed to BIMCO by GAC (Singapore)

Owners, third party crew managers and sign-on crew members need to make sure the 14-days self-quarantine is observed.

BIMCO is monitoring restrictions to crew mobility and provide a variety of information on the topic to the shipping industry such as:

In addition, BIMCO has released a crew change clause which provides owners with the contractual tools required to deviate from a voyage to perform crew change.

BIMCO encourages stakeholders in the industry to take full advantage of the information offered and encourages relevant stakeholders to share new information with BIMCO via marinfo@bimco.org.

Johan Conrad
in Copenhagen, DK

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