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.

Cargo ships meeting paragraph 3 criteria and circumstances m
ay submit their applications to MPA by filling up the online form at least 14 d ays before the planned crew changes, at www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/operations/crew-change