MPA Singapore issued updated requirements for shore-based personnel that boards vessels at anchorages, shipyards, terminals and marinas in the port of Singapore. The circular No. 08 of 2021 supersedes Port Marine Circular No. 35 of 2020 with effect from 15 January 2021.
Proof of requisite test results (Rostered Routine Test results or PCR/ART test results) before allowed to go onboard a vessel in port
Any shore-based personnel who is going on board a vessel in the port must produce proof that he/she has a valid COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken as part of the rostered routine testing (RRT) programme within the last 7 days before boarding the vessel.
Shore-based personnel who are not on a RRT programme will be required to show a valid negative test result from a COVID-19 PCR test or Antigen Rapid Test (ART) within 72 hours prior to boarding the vessel. The COVID-19 PCR test or ART may be done at any of the MOH-approved COVID-19 test providers. After disembarking, these shorebased personnel must take a PCR test between the 5th and 7 th day, and a final PCR test on the 11th day. The costs of these tests for shore-based personnel who are not on a RRT programme would be at the shore-based personnel’s own or their employers’ expense.
Proof of the tests or 7-day RRT attendance may be on paper or by electronic means (e.g. [email protected], HealthHub SG app, SGWorkPass app etc.). The proof of the test must show the date/time of the test and the test result.
All owners, occupiers and managers of any waterfront facility – i.e. any pier, wharf, dock, terminal, marina – must ensure that any shore-based personnel going on board a vessel in the port, produce proof of the requisite test (described in paragraph 3) or 7-day RRT attendance, before allowing the shore-based personnel to go onboard. The owner, occupier or manager of any waterfront facility must also not allow any shore-based personnel who has any specified symptom (coughing, sneezing, breathlessness, a runny nose, loss of sense of smell or anosmia) or is otherwise physically unwell, to go onboard the vessel.
The owner, agent and master of the vessel which the shore-based personnel is boarding, must check and not allow the shore-based personnel to board if the personnel does not have the requisite test result or 7- day RRT attendance or if the personnel has any specified symptom (coughing, sneezing, breathlessness, a runny nose, loss of sense of smell or anosmia) or is otherwise physically unwell.
Checking in and out with [email protected] QR Code; vessels to keep records of shore-based personnel
Apart from showing proof of the requisite test result, all shore-based personnel must check-in and check-out with the [email protected] QR Code at the departure points or the waterfront facilities, as appropriate. These departure points are the gazetted public landing steps (i.e. Marina South Pier and West Coast Pier), cargo, oil or cruise terminals, wharves, marinas and shipyards.
All owners, occupiers and managers of the departure points or the waterfront facilities, as appropriate, must ensure that all shore-based personnel comply with the [email protected] requirements.
Pursuant to regulation 61B(3)(b) of the MPA (Port) Regulations, the owner, agent or master of a vessel in port must maintain full and complete records, for the purposes of contact tracing, of all shore-based personnel embarking and disembarking the vessel. The records must contain:
- date and time of embarkation and disembarkation,
- person’s name in full, passport/NRIC/FIN number,
- person’s mobile number(s), and
- enterprise’s or company’s name in full.
Additional requirement for shore-based personnel going onboard harbour craft or pleasure craft to carry out duties
Shore-based personnel who have carried out duties on board an oceangoing vessel in the port of Singapore must not, in the next 7 days, go onboard a harbour craft or pleasure craft, to carry out duties. Enterprises must not deploy any of their shore-based personnel to carry out duties on board any harbour craft or pleasure craft where that personnel had gone on board an ocean-going vessel in the past 7 days. The owner, master or agent of the harbour craft or pleasure craft must check that the shore-based personnel coming onboard to carry out duties, must not have been on board an ocean-going vessel in the past 7 days.
The owner, master or agent of the harbour craft or pleasure craft must disallow boarding if the shore-based personnel has been on board an ocean-going vessel in the past 7 days.