To facilitate crew changes in a safe manner and against COVID-19 risks, Singapore revises crew change requirements and sets up Crew Facilitation centre from 1st September 2020.
With effect from 1st September 2020, the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will implement revised requirements to the process of crew changes.This is to enable crew changes to be better facilitated as well as mitigating the risk of having COVID-19 amongst crew members and the general public at large.
In short, the requirements are as follows:
Signing-on crew requirements
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Signing-off crew requirements:
›Certified fit-to-travel by doctor in Singapore not more than 24 hours before disembarking the ship; and
› has not gone ashore in the last 14 days before disembarking and has remained well throughout the period.
Crew Facilitation Centre (CFC)
Also effective 1 September 2020, a Crew Facilitation Centre (CFC) at Tanjong Pagar Terminal containing three floating accommodations designated as holding or quarantine facilities is established to enable crew changes to be facilitated in a safe manner. These will house sign-on crew that are waiting for their ships’ arrival for up to 48 hours, and a quarantine facility to house close contacts of crew who are tested positive for COVID-19.
For full details of PMA’s revised crew change requirements and the CFC, please refer to PMC circular 36 which supersedes PMC circular 31.
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