Crew Change for Cargo Ships in Singapore Port and Application for Vaccination

Crew Change Requirements
1. This circular replaces Port Marine circular no. 06 of 2022.
2.As Singapore strives to streamline pandemic measures to live with Covid-19 as an endemic disease, MPA has also aligned our crew change requirements and continues to protect the welfare of seafarers suffering a crew change in Singapore as well as the population of Singapore.

3. Effective April 1, 2022, fully vaccinated embarkation and disembarkation crew may enter Singapore on vaccinated voyages as a short-term visitor. Requests should be made directly to the ICA CREW system via [email protected]™.

4.However, for the unvaccinated, please continue to apply through the crew change system. The user guide for the new crew change system can be downloaded from this link. The requirements are as follows:

To log in
(a) Not vaccinated
• Requirement to serve a 7-day Home Stay Notice (SHN) in the crew’s home country/region during the period immediately prior to their departure flight/ferry to Singapore.
• Unvaccinated crew must test negative for COVID-
19 (polymerase chain reaction (PCR) type) or a negative Antigen Rapid test (ART) result administered by a professional

his country of origin no more than 2 days1 before departure for Singapore.
• Engage Meet and Greet at the airport.
•Dedicated transport2 to be provided only for non-vaccinated crew.

(b) Unvaccinated
• Direct transfer from the ship to the airport/holding facility without any detours.
•Pre-departure test (if applicable) to be carried out in a dedicated holding facility or on board the vessel. (Please see paragraphs 9 and 10).
• Dedicated transport to be provided only for the unvaccinated crew.

Designated crew change holding facilities in Singapore
5. Unvaccinated Boarding Crew and Boarding Crew may only stay at designated holding facilities in Singapore for a maximum of 24 hours. Please see Appendix A for more details on designated detention facilities.

Waiting areas at Marina South Pier and West Coast Pier

6. All unvaccinated crew members using Marina South Pier (MSP) or West Coast Pier (WCP) must remain in designated holding areas while waiting to clear immigration. If the waiting area is full, the unvaccinated crew must remain in their private transport.

7. For the unvaccinated signing crew, dedicated transport must be ready and on standby so that the unvaccinated crew can leave the MSP/WCP immediately after clearing immigration and do not need to clog the waiting area.

8. Agents and designated drivers are responsible for ensuring that unvaccinated crew remain in the holding area or private vehicle at all times.

COVID-19 pre-departure tests in Singapore
9.MPA notes that some countries require travelers to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test (PDT3) and present a valid negative test result before being allowed to transit or enter. Please note that MPA approval must be sought for the unvaccinated signature team to take the PDT in Singapore.

10. For crew change requests where the signature unvaccinated crew requires a PDT prior to departing Singapore, the medical service provider must perform the PDT at the dedicated storage facility or onboard the vessel after receiving MPA approval. COVID-positive crew must self-isolate and recover in the dedicated storage facility or on board the vessel, in accordance with current Singapore health protocol.

Crew Vaccination Request
11.As part of the SEAVAX programme, MPA is able to facilitate the vaccination of the crew in Singapore. Owners/Managers/Agents can apply for crew vaccination at the following link at least 3 days prior to the vessel’s arrival in Singapore

12. Vessel owners/operators/agents submit applications prior to scheduled crew change.

13. This circular should be read in conjunction with the Port Marine circular;

a) No. 9 of 2015 – Measures to optimize the use of anchorages in Singapore
(b) No 34 of 2020 – Guidelines for the safe transfer of persons between ships
at anchorages
14.Any questions relating to this circular should be addressed to [email protected]

15. This circular comes into force on June 26, 2022

Designated waiting facilities for signing and signing team

Seacare Hotel
Rooms: air-conditioned with adjoining bathroom
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner included. Meals will be delivered to the room.

Hotel Re!
Rooms: air-conditioned with adjoining bathroom
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner included. Meals will be delivered to the room.
Source: MPA Singapore