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Extension of COVID-19 precautionary measures

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    27 February 2020

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Since 24 January 2020, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has implemented temperature screening at all sea checkpoints, including ferry and cruise terminals, PSA terminals and Jurong Port, for inbound travellers. MPA has also put up health advisories at the sea checkpoints to inform travellers and ship crew on the precautionary measures to take when travelling, as well as to remain vigilant and adopt good hygiene practices.

In line with Singapore Ministry of Health’s (MOH) press release dated 31 January 2020, and 25 February 2020 (ANNEX 2), the MPA will extend the precautionary measures to include the following:
a. All arriving vessels with crew/passengers with recent travel history to mainland China within the last 14 days;
b. All arriving vessels that have called at ports in China in the past 14 days;
and
c. All arriving vessels with crew/passengers with recent travel history to Daegu city or Cheongdo county of Republic of Korea within the last 14 days. This will take effect from 26 February 2020, 2359h

Ships can continue to berth at terminals to carry out operations.

MPA advises the shipping community to adhere closely to the health advisory. The National Environment Agency’s (NEA) Port Health requires the following vessels to submit the Maritime Declaration of Health Form:
a. All arriving vessels that have called at ports in China in the past 14 days;
or
b. All arriving vessels with crew/passengers who have travelled to mainland China in the past 14 days;
or
c. All arriving passenger ships (with the exception of ferries operated by MPA-licensed regional ferry service operators);
or
d. All arriving vessels with crew/passengers who have travelled to Daegu city or Cheongdo county of Republic of Korea within the last 14 days

MPA also urges all crew members on-board to have their temperature taken twice a day. There are also guidelines on how to isolate unwell crew and passengers. For guidance on the disinfection protocols of common areas and rooms in the vessel, please refer to the NEA’s website for the Interim Guidelines for Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection of Areas Exposed to Confirmed Case(s) of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Non-Healthcare Commercial Premises, if needed. If any of their crew or passengers are unwell, they should report the incident to the Marine Safety Control Centre at 6325 2488/2489…

…Ship owners, managers, operators, agents and masters of Singapore-registered vessels should monitor the health of their crew closely. Masters of such vessels are required to report to their company, MPA and destination port authorities, if their crew are unwell, experience respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, runny nose, shortness of breath) or feel feverish.

Temperature Screening at Cruise and Ferry Terminals. Since 08 February 2020, 2359hrs, cruise and ferry terminal operators have implemented centralised outbound temperature screening for departing passengers. This is an additional precautionary measure by the terminal operators to ensure the health and safety of all passengers and crew.

Cleaning and Disinfection. Cruise and ferry operators have also stepped up their cleaning and disinfection regime on board the cruise ships and ferries, especially in common or public areas to help prevent the widespread transmission of COVID-19.

PSA and Jurong Port are also taking precautionary measures for employees returning to Singapore. Some of these measures include allowing eligible staff to telecommute and providing frontline staff with paid Leave of Absence where they are unable to work remotely.

(For information about operations in Singapore, contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com)

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Shipping Circular No.07 of 2020 dated 26 February 2020

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