Crew change in Singapore - Port authority implements full personal protective equipment requirement


The Singapore Maritime Port Authority announcing full personal protective equipment required with immediate effect, for personnel facilitating crew changes in Singapore.

Further to our BIMCO news on Friday, 8 January 2021, " Singapore Shipping Association urges the industry to comply with COVID-19 Protocols"  and yesterday's " Crew change in Singapore - Port authority implements sea launch transfer", the Singapore Maritime Port Authority announced further, another measure as follows, to be of immediate effect today:

Required personal protective equipment for personnel facilitating crew change

To further safeguard the Singapore local community against the spread of COVID-19 from 'outside', service providers and personnel that facilitate crew change in Singapore shall meet the minimum level of personal protective equipment (PPE) as prescribed below:

  • Meet-and-greet staff shall don surgical mask and gloves when escorting crew at the airport.
  • Land transport drivers shall don full PPE (surgical mask, gloves, gown) when transporting crew between the airport and vessel.
  • Launch boat operators shall down full PPE (surgical mask, gloves, gown) when transporting crew between the pier and vessel.

A reminder: to maintain proper hand hygiene (i.e. washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand rub before and after removing PPE. 

Members are to be guided accordingly. To follow implementation measures imposed by the Singapore authorities, please go to our implementation page.

BIMCO General COVID-19 Links 

BIMCO is continuously monitoring COVID-19 restrictions and its impact on the shipping industry in particular on crew changes. Below are some of the type of information  currently being provided by BIMCO :

You can also view all information on our COVID-19 landing page.

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