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    27 February 2020

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This circular supersedes Port Marine Circular 03 of 2020 dated 01 Feb 2020, and brings to the attention of the National Environment Agency’s (Port Health Office) requirements to submit the Maritime Declaration of Health to the Port Health Office. These requirements are applicable for:
a) all arriving vessels that have called at ports in China in the past 14 days;
b) all arriving vessels with crew/passengers who have travelled to mainland China in the past 14 days;
c) all arriving passenger ships (with the exception of ferries operated by MPA-licensed regional ferry service operators).;
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.

This declaration is part of the measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) into Singapore and will come into effect from 26 February 2020, 2359h. It must be submitted to the National Environment Agency’s (Port Health Office) 24 hours before arrival at Singapore Port.

The master of the ship is recommended to implement the following additional precautionary measures:

• Educate crew/passengers of the symptoms of COVID-2019, which are:
- Fever;
- Runny nose;
- Cough;
- Shortness of breath

• Carry out daily temperature checks for all crew/passengers at least twice a day;

• Isolate unwell crew/passengers when his/her temperature is above 38 degree Celsius. The unwell crew should also wear a mask;

• Disinfect common areas and rooms in the vessel before arrival in Singapore. The disinfection may be conducted by the ship’s crew en-route to Singapore. You can refer to the Interim Guidelines for Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection of Areas Exposed to Confirmed Case(s) of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Non-Healthcare Commercial Premises prepared by NEA for guidance on the disinfection protocols, if needed.

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Shipping Circular No.06 of 2020 dated 26 February 2020