The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), in collaboration with PSA and the Fullerton Health Group (FHG), has set up a seafarers’ vaccination (SEAVAX) centre in Singapore.
As informed, now the fund will be supporting a pilot programme to offer vaccination to oceangoing seafarers undertaking crew change in the port of Singapore. The centre, operational from 30 September, administers vaccines to seafarers, starting with signing-on crew arriving in Singapore and joining vessels on the same day of their vaccination.
Participation in the vaccination programme is on a voluntary basis. Companies and seafarers will need to submit their applications, seven days before the crew arrives in Singapore. This is to ensure compliance with the prevailing crew change protocols and vaccine arrangements.
The SSA is pleased to be leading this tripartite initiative to help seafarers get the protection they need against the COVID-19 virus. We hope the experience with this pilot vaccination program will facilitate the scale-up of vaccinations for the wider seafaring community.
…Mr Michael Phoon, Executive Director of SSA concluded.
Captain Belal Ahmed, Chairman of the International Maritime Employers’ Council (IMEC) said,
“This is an important step forward by both the local government and the shipping industry and it will go a long way in re-establishing Singapore’s leadership role in the fight against the pandemic and the protection of seafarers’ health and safeguarding of the global logistic chain.”
Following the situation, Stephen Cotton, General Secretary of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) said:
This is a ground-breaking move by the Singaporean port authorities, seafarers’ unions and local shipping industry. Singapore has worked out that for any country to succeed in a globalised economy, particularly as a transport hub, you’ve got to be part of global solutions, national approaches won’t work. We need to see more countries look to Singapore’s leadership for the way forward. Follow Singapore, and let’s bring on the recovery we all need.