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Extension of precautionary measures

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    13 March 2020

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In line with Singapore Ministry of Health’s press releases dated 31 January 2020, 25 February 2020, 03 March 2020, and 13 March 2020 the MPA will extend the precautionary measures to all ships calling the Port of Singapore.

BORDER RESTRICTIONS
Crew/passengers onboard all arriving vessels that have called at ports in mainland China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea, and Spain in the past 14 days shall remain onboard the vessels.

Crew/passengers with recent travel history to mainland China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea, and Spain in the past 14 days onboard all arriving vessels shall remain onboard during the vessels’ stay in port.

With immediate effect, Singapore will cease port calls for all cruise vessels.

PRECAUTIONARY TESTING FOR SYMPTOMATIC TRAVELLERS AT REGIONAL FERRY TERMINALS
Since 4 March 2020, travellers entering Singapore and exhibiting fever (i.e. temperature above 37.5 degree Celsius) and/or other symptoms of respiratory illness may be required to undergo a COVID-19 swab test at the regional ferry terminals, regardless of travel history. With immediate effect, all such travellers may be issued a 14-day Stay Home Notice or returned to their point of origin.

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 (refer to Port Marine Circular 10 of 2020):
a. All arriving vessels with crew/passengers with recent travel history to mainland China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea, and Spain in the past 14 days;
or
b. All arriving vessels that have called at ports in mainland China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea, and Spain in the past 14 days.

MPA also urges all crew members onboard to have their temperature taken twice daily. 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 COVID-19 in Non-Healthcare Premises, and the Interim Guidelines for Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection of Premises with Transient Exposure to Confirmed Case(s) of COVID-19, 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.

Managers/supervisors of terminal operators, agents, contractors and service providers are to take note of the health advisory and bring it to the attention of staff who are required to work on board ships.

ADVICE FOR SINGAPORE-REGISTERED VESSELS
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. They should also make the necessary arrangements to seek medical attention.

INDUSTRY-LED INITIATIVES
Temperature Screening at Ferry Terminals
. Since 08 February 2020, 2359hrs, 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. Ferry operators have also stepped up their cleaning and disinfection regime on board the ferries, especially in common or public areas to help prevent the widespread transmission of COVID-19.

MEASURES BY PORT TERMINAL OPERATORS
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.

This circular supersedes Port Marine Circular No. 09 of 2020.

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.11 of 2020 dated 13 March 2020

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