• 2021 January 14 15:55

    Enhanced requirements for shore-based personnel boarding vessels in the Port of Singapore

    Shore-based personnel carry out essential work onboard vessels in our port such as cargo and bunkering operations, repairs and maintenance, as well as surveys and inspections. They play an important role in keeping the port open and our supply chains flowing so that essential goods can continue to be brought into Singapore.

    The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), together with relevant agencies, tested some 27,000 shore-based personnel in a one-time sweep between 2 and 8 January 2021. All have been tested PCR-negative except for one person who was tested PCR-positive and serology-positive, and has been assessed to have recovered from COVID-19 infection.

    Given the evolving COVID-19 situation internationally, to further safeguard the health and safety of shore-based personnel and their families, MPA is introducing enhanced requirements for shore-based personnel boarding vessels (including harbour craft and pleasure craft) at anchorages, piers, marinas, terminals, wharves and shipyards in Singapore. These requirements take effect from 15 January 2021.

    Implementation of checks of COVID-19 tests and SafeEntry@Sea

    All shore-based personnel who will be boarding vessels for work or visits must produce proof of a valid negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test from a rostered routine testing programme, an ad hoc COVID-19 PCR test or Antigen Rapid Test taken within 72 hours before boarding the vessel. The frequency of rostered routine testing for shore-based personnel who go onboard vessels regularly has increased from every 14 days to every seven days.

    To facilitate contract tracing should the need arises, all shore-based personnel are required to perform a SafeEntry@Sea check-in/out when embarking and disembarking at all waterfront facilities. They must provide details of their company and vessel(s) to be boarded, and comply with the safe management measures on board the vessel.

    The waterfront facility’s owner, occupier or manager must conduct stringent checks and disallow any personnel from going on board if proof of a negative test result is not produced or if the personnel fails to use SafeEntry@Sea.

    Compliance of COVID-19 safe management measures

    MPA requires the owner, master, agent of the vessel, which the shore-based personnel is boarding, to verify that the personnel has the requisite test results. The owner, master, agent of the vessel must also implement safe management measures on board the vessel when the shore-based personnel is on board.

    If a shore-based personnel boards a vessel to work without proof of test results, fails to check in via SafeEntry@Sea, and/or fails to comply with measures on board the vessel, the personnel will also be held liable for non-compliance.

    Please refer to the Annex for details of the enhanced requirements for shore-based personnel in Port Marine Circular 4 of 2021 dated 14 January 2021. Firm actions will be taken against the errant companies and individuals for non-compliances.

    COVID-19 vaccination of shore-based personnel

    As part of the Government’s measures to protect frontline workers, shore-based personnel who are required to board a vessel in port in the course of their work, including marine pilots as well as seafarers who are Singaporeans or long-term residents, will be prioritised for vaccination against COVID-19. Vaccination for shore-based personnel has started on 13 January 2021.




2021 February 26

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16:31 Port of Melbourne awards rail infrastructure contracts
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16:05 Port of Corpus Christi and Port of Rotterdam sign MoU
15:48 Container giant MSC to open new depot in North Sea Port
15:05 Rosmorport announces changing of Dickson seaport boundaries
14:43 Corvette Stoyky and tanker Kola of RF Navy's Baltic Fleet started anti-piracy watch in the Gulf of Aden
14:19 PortNews offers new edition of its Hydrotechnika magazine
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11:18 MPA awards LNG bunker supplier licence to Total Marine Fuels Private Limited
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10:36 Port of Baku Director General held online meeting with members of American-Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce
10:14 Port of Gdynia welcomes largest single delivery of wind turbine propeller blades in Polish history
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2021 February 25

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13:13 Nevsky Shipyard delivers Pola Gali, yet another ship of Project RSD59
13:07 DNV GL joins smart maritime network to enhance industry cooperation on digitalization
12:10 ClassNK grants its first remote survey notation for PCC ORCA ACE
11:32 NOVATEK and Shenergy Group sign SPA for LNG from Arctic LNG 2
11:04 “K”Line commences technical management of Singapore’s first LNG bunkering vessel “FUELNG BELLINA”
10:33 Telemar wins 50-vessel service and maintenance contract with Fairplay Towage group
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09:50 BC Ferries' fifth battery hybrid-electric vessel launched
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2021 February 24

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