These will include the need for signing-on crew to self-isolate for the 14 days before departing for Singapore, shipowners, managers and agents ensuring accurate COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests, and direct transfers to the ship upon arrival in Singapore.
With immediate effect, MPA will give priority to applications from Singapore-registered ships and applications for sign-off crew only (i.e. without signing-on new crew). For all other cases, MPA will consider the following cir cumstances for crew change applications:
(a)The crew has served his/her maximum time on board and no further extension of the employment contract is granted by the flag State; or
(b) compassionate grounds e.g. death of immediate family member; or
(c) the crew is no longer medically fit to work onboard the ship.